Raymond Jansen - is Chairman of the APWG. He is an Professor in the Department of Environmental, Water and Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the Tshwane University of Technology. He holds a PhD in Zoology from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology based at the University of Cape Town.He supervises post-graduate students working on African pangolin ecology, their use in traditional medicine and their prevalence in the bushmeat markets of West and southern Africa.
Pangolins are native to 15 African countries and live in dense forests and forested savanna areas. When sensing danger they will roll themselves up into balls using its armor-plated scales for protection. These scales are also very sharp and will cut through anything inserted in between them. An increasingly vulnerable mammal that is hunted primarily by humans it receives protected status as its numbers in the wild continue to decline. Learn more about this threatened animal!
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The forensic application of DNA barcoding for identification of illegally traded African pangolin scales - Genome This recent article published in the Journal Genome and co-authored by three board members of the APWG highlights the importance of forensic DNA methodologies in combating the pangolin trade..
How the Pangolin Got Its Scales – A Genetic Just-So Story
How the Pangolin Got Its Scales – A Genetic Just-So Story | DNA Science Blog So how did the pangolin get its scales? Genetic research tells us how in a scientific paper co-authored by Professor Antoinette Kotze of the African Pangolin Working Group.