KUALA LUMPUR, Oct.13 (Xinhua) — Pangolins found in Malaysia and Thailand has officially listed as “endangered” this year, or under the threat of extinction, a local newspaper said on Monday.
The Malaysian tapir has also been officially cited on the 2008 Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the News Straits Time said.
The newspaper last month reported that illegal trading on pangolins was found increasing. From 1998 till 2007, 34 cases of pangolin smuggling were reported and 6,000 specimens were confiscated in the country.
Meanwhile, in Southeast Asia and East Asia, more than 30,000 specimens were seized.
The number of the tapir, which can be found in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar, estimatedly declined more than 50percent in the past three generations, or 36 years, the daily said.
The leopard in Malaysia has also been reclassified from “least concern” to “near-threatened”, it quoted local officials as saying.
The status of the Sumatran rhinoceros and the Malayan tiger remained unchanged: “critically endangered” and “endangered” respectively.