Wildlife enforcement officials in Malaysia stated that the pangolin is the most trafficked animal in the illegal wildlife trade market in Malaysia.
Between 2010 and July 2013, officials broke up 50 cases of wildlife smuggling. In those cases, wildlife officers seized nearly 1,500 pangolins.
In 2013, a pangolin was being sold on the black market in Asia at prices of $1,000.
Source: Isabella Lai, “Pangolins top in illicit trade,” Star, July 24, 2013.