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White-bellied pangolin

Characterising local demand and consumption of the Endangered white-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) in Nigeria

Pangolins are one of the most threatened mammals in the world. Efforts to conserve them are currently hampered by sparse information on critical aspects of the dynamics of their exploitation and trade, which mainly threatens their survival. They are hunted extensively as seen in local wildmeat markets and international seizure records. Additionally, a slow reproductive rate and the difficulty of breeding them in captivity, increases their vulnerability to overexploitation. With this project the University of Cambridge and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are planning to curb the poaching of pangolins in the CRNP and beyond.

Overall goals of the project are:

Data collection of the population decrease of pangolins and managed hunting areas

Scientific data collection on the dependence of sales and consumption in relation to the disposable income of respective households

Providing facts and information to anti-poaching patrols

Promotion of awareness for the protection of the pangolin

Developing initiatives with local communities on conservation and building up awareness of the potential value of wild populations

Promoting different hunting methods and presentation of alternative food sources for the local population

Providing results from the offtake component and information on hotspot places and periods of increased pangolin poaching

Activities planned within 2021 are:

Research with questionnaires on local sales and income of pangolins from 30 hunters in two communities around the CRNP (presentation of the sustainability of current profit rates)

Data analysis and mapping of hunting areas

Data analysis on local consumption of pangolins in relation to household income

Project information

Species: White-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) (EN)

Region: Nigeria

Implementing partner: Charles Emogor, University of Cambridge, Wildlife Conservation Society 

Duration:  April 2020 - October 2021