Pangolins were being sold on the black market in Asia at prices as high as $1,000 for the entire pangolin.
The pangolin is considered to be a delicacy in Asia and is scales are used for various medicinal purposes.
In a span of 18 months, intelligence reports claim that a criminal trafficking organization in Malaysia captured 22,000 pangolin to sell on the black market.
In Vietnam, between 40,000 to 60,000 pangolins were believed to have been caught by traffickers in 2011.
Source: Audrey Garric, “Pangolins under threat as black market trade grows,” Guardian, March 12, 2013.