$1.2 million of pangolin scales seized

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – A US$1.2 million illegal shipment of scales from the critically endangered pangolin have been uncovered in Malaysia, officials said Friday, the second such seizure in a week.

Customs officials at Kuala Lumpur International Airport discovered 16 boxes of the smuggled scales weighing almost 400 kilogrammes.

Last Friday, customs officers seized almost 300 kilogrammes of scales from the creatures, which are also known as “scaly anteaters”.

Both shipments had come from Ghana and been transported by Turkish Airlines.

Malaysian Airports Customs Director Hamzah Sundang displays seized pangolin scales during a press conference in Sepang. - AP
Malaysian Airports Customs Director Hamzah Sundang displays seized pangolin scales during a press conference
in Sepang. – AP