|Town/Region||Mpem et Djim National Park|
|Date||31 Oct 2018|
For any comprehensible conservation and effective management action to be adopted for a species whose population is facing decline throughout its distribution range, accurate knowledge of population densities, distribution and their habitat preferences have to be known (Akrim et al., 2017, Cassey, 1999). Conservation efforts for Pangolins especially in Central Africa are hampered by the lack of information on their populations, natural history, threats, and the wildlife trade. Since pangolin species are rarely observed due to their secretive, solitary, burrowing and nocturnal habits, there is not enough research on population densities or global population (CITES, 2000); in addition, they may occur at a very low densities.
African pangolins are currently under very strong hunting pressure as a result of the drastic decline of their Asian counterpart. These animals are subject to a high demand for their meats considered a luxury meat and their scales widely used in traditional Asian medicine. The combination with poverty in rural areas of Africa makes it a lucrative and profitable target for poaching.
The overall aim of this study is to provide reliable information on pangolins population using camera traps in the Mpem & Djim National Park, Cameroon; according to the habitat type (forest vs savannah) and the seasons. This data will be useful in attempts to extrapolate Pangolin population trends in similar conservation situations across Cameroon. In addition, as pangolins have become very rare, it is now crucial to identify areas where a large population of them still exists in order to focus conservation efforts.
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