|Grantee||Florida International University Board of Trustees|
|Type||Stopping the Illegal Wildlife Trade|
The year 2019 saw a record number of seizures of pangolin scales, with more than 128 tons intercepted. These large-volume seizures of scales have made headlines, but how many individual pangolins does 128 tons of scales equal? Obtaining a more accurate estimate has long challenged scientists and hampered conservation efforts. Now, through PCF funding, Dr. Matthew Shirley from Florida International University and Dr. Dan Challender from Oxford University will develop a system to determine the number of pangolins victimized from scale seizures through data collection. This knowledge is key to informing judicial proceedings in countries where pangolin scales are found, countries where the pangolins originate, as well as provide an accurate threat assessment for pangolins.