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February 06, 2020 - Environmental Investigation Agency

NIGERIA: Huge 9.5 tonne bust of pangolin scales

NIGERIA: Huge 9.5 tonne bust of pangolin scales
Pedro P. Pangolin Credit: Manis temminckii

Customs officers in Nigeria have seized a staggering 9.5-tonne shipment of poached pangolin scales.

The haul – found in an abandoned warehouse in Lagos in 147 sacks –very roughly equates to 9,500 dead pangolins, the world’s only scaled mammal. In recent decades, pangolins have swiftly become the world’s most trafficked mammal. Pangolins are poached and illegally traded in Africa and Asia to supply commercial markets both locally and internationally with scales and meat.

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