• Press Release 1/2015: Official launch of the African Pangolin Working Group

    The African pangolin Working Group (APWG) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and awareness of all four species of African pangolin. Pangolins are currently considered the most poached and traded mammals globally and our organisation was established in 2011, registered with the South African Government in 2013 and is now to be launched at an official function on the 19th February 2015; two days prior to World Pangolin Day. Read more...

  • Press Release 1/2014: Exponential increase in illegal international pangolin trade

    On 28 May 2014, Hong Kong Customs officials intercepted and inspected a cargo container originating from South Africa. Hidden among the contents of the container were 1 000 kg of pangolin scales, believed to originate from Temminck’s Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii). This is the largest pangolin seizure at this port in the past five years, and the largest ever worldwide involving an African pangolin species. Read more...

  • Press Release 1/2013: Zimbabwe imprisons man for poaching pangolin amidst increase in illegal international pangolin trade

    On 14 October 2013 a Zimbabwe court sentenced a 28 year old man to nine years in prison for being in possession of a Temminck’s Ground Pangolin Smutsia temminckii. Temminck’s Ground Pangolin is a Specially Protected species in Zimbabwe, and it is heartening to see that country imposing the maximum penalty for this offence. Read more...