New safeguards agreed for world's most trafficked mammal
A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.
Pangolins are slow moving, nocturnal creatures found across Asia and Africa but over a million have been taken from the wild in the last decade.
The trade is being driven principally by demand for their scales, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Now the Cites meeting has agreed to ban all trade in eight species of Pangolin.
Scales of destruction As the world's only mammal covered in scales, these species are sometimes known as scaly anteaters.... read more
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