The Plight of the Artichoke Mammal: Pangolin Trafficking in Southern Africa
Kylie Manderville, Brandon Ryan, Lauren Sherman
Pangolin trafficking has become an increasingly difficult problem in Zimbabwe as well as other African and Asian countries. As Asian populations have declined, poachers have turned their attention to that of African countries, including Zimbabwe, which will be our primary focus. Pangolins are targeted for their scales, which are believed to have medicinal benefits, as well as their meat. Their importance in the ecosystem is undoubted, as they aerate soil and make it more hospitable for ant and plant populations. Through analyzing all these different sides of the issue, it is clear that pangolin trafficking is far more complex than just a criminal act; to make a real impact, culture, policy, education, and awareness all need to be reformed in order to make the changes necessary to save the pangolins.
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