Brazen Pangolin Trader Caught on Film in Malaysia

Sibu Night Market, Sarawak: A mother pangolin and her baby for sale, 5:30 pm on September 9.
Sibu Night Market, Sarawak: A mother pangolin and her baby for sale, 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 9.

A concerned citizen has photographed a pangolin trader openly selling a mother pangolin and her tiny baby at Sibu Night Market in Sarawak.

The photos were taken at approximately 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 9. If you recognize the man in these photos, please contact local authorities immediately so that these pangolins have a chance to be rescued and the responsible parties can be brought to justice.

Do you recognize this pangolin trader? Please call local authorities so these pangolins have a chance to be rescued.
Do you recognize this pangolin trader? Please call local authorities so these pangolins have a chance to be rescued.

Malaysia’s Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ and is protected in Sarawak under Sarawak’s Wildlife Protection Ordinance. This species is listed in CITES Appendix II, with a zero export quota for wild pangolins.

A pangolin trader showing off a mother pangolin and her baby in front of Soon Soon Huat Trading at the Sibu Night Market, Sarawak.
A pangolin trader was showing off a mother pangolin and her baby in front of Soon Soon Huat Trading at the Sibu Night Market, Sarawak. This is the business card he was handing out to people.

Help bring this pangolin trader to justice. Call the authorities, and use the Wildlife Witness app (developed by Taronga Conservation Society Australia in Partnership with TRAFFIC) on your smartphone to report this crime. Download it free from iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/app/wildlife-witness/id738897823?mt=8


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Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, and I work as an independent Wildlife Trade and Communication Design Consultant. I have journeyed to the streets of Hanoi to research the illegal wildlife trade, and to the rainforests of Sumatra and Java to document the world’s rarest rhinos. I am a Co-Chair of the SSN Pangolin Working Group. At CITES meetings, I collaborate with colleagues from around the world to lobby in favor of protecting endangered species. I am a Wildlife Trade and Trafficking Consultant for the upcoming documentary The Price, the host of Behind the Schemes and author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine. I enjoy desert gardening, herping, reading, designing, and walking with my dogs.