Sunda Pangolin | WWF

Sunda Pangolin



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A Sunda pangolin is being released back to the forest after confiscation from wildlife traders by a WWF-supported enforcement team in Mondulkiri Protected Forest within Cambodia's Eastern Plains Landscape.
© Keo Sopheak / WWF-Cambodia

Key Facts

  • Common Name

    Sunda Pangolin

  • Scientific Name

    Manis javanica

  • Status

    In Cambodia: Rare; IUCN: Critically Endangered; CITES: Appendix II

    IUCN Red List Entry

  • Body Length

    Up to 65cm

  • Weight

    Up to 10kg

  • Did you know?

    Pangolins are the most widely traded species in the illegal wildlife trade in Asia

Populations of Sunda Pangolin in Southeast Asia are thought to have been reduced by more than 50% in the last 15 years due to high levels of hunting for medicinal purposes. In fact, Pangolins are one of the most prized animals in the illegal wildlife trade. In the wild, the secretive Sunda Pangolins are rarely observed during their nightly forages for ants and termites. Clear population estimates are lacking, but Sunda Pangolins are confiscated regularly from poachers and thus must still occur over wide areas of Cambodia, especially in the Cardamom Mountains as well as in the forests of Mondulkiri’s Eastern Plains Landscape.
 
	© Keo Sopheak / WWF-Cambodia
A Sunda pangolin confiscated from wildlife traders in Cambodia's Eastern Plains Landscape rolls up to seek shelter.
© Keo Sopheak / WWF-Cambodia