Journal of Threatened Taxa | | 26 July 2021 | 13(8): 19156–19158


ISSN 0974-7907 (Online) | ISSN 0974-7893 (Print)

#7508 | Received 09 June 2021 | Finally accepted 13 July 2021



First camera trap photographs of Indian Pangolin Manis crassicaudata (Mammalia: Pholidota: Manidae) from Pakistan


Misbah Bint Riaz 1, Faraz Akrim 2, Siddiqa Qasim 3, Syed Afaq Bukhari 4, Asad Aslam 5,

Muhammad Waseem 6, Rizwana Imtiaz 7 & Tariq Mahmood 8


1,3,8 Department of Wildlife Management, PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi 46300 Pakistan. 

2,4,5 Zoology Department, University of Kotli, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan.

6 WWF Pakistan, Ground Floor, Pakistan Academy of Sciences Building, Constitution Avenue, G-5, Islamabad, Pakistan.

7 Punjab Wildlife and Parks Department, Loi Bher office Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

6, 7, 8 (corresponding author)




Editor: Anonymity requested.   Date of publication: 26 July 2021 (online & print)


Citation: Riaz, M.B., F. Akrim, S. Qasim, S.A. Bukhari, A. Aslam, M. Waseem, R. Imtiaz & T. Mahmood (2021). First camera trap photographs of Indian Pangolin Manis crassicaudata (Mammalia: Pholidota: Manidae) from Pakistan. Journal of Threatened Taxa 13(8): 19156–19158.


Copyright: © Riaz et al. 2021. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  JoTT allows unrestricted use, reproduction, and distribution of this article in any medium by providing adequate credit to the author(s) and the source of publication.


Funding: None.


Competing interests: The authors declare no competing interests.


Acknowledgements: The authors are grateful to IDEA WILD for provision of Trail Cameras for this study.




The Indian Pangolin Manis crassicaudata is categorized as ‘Endangered’ by IUCN and also listed in the Appendix-I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and Flora (CITES) (Mahmood et al. 2019). The species is distributed across five range countries including Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh (although its occurrence in Bangladesh is not confirmed by field evidence). The species population is declining across its range due to poaching and illegal killing for its scales which are traded in the international markets for making traditional medicines.

In Pakistan, the Indian Pangolin has been focused for ecological studies like its distribution, habitat, population density, and food habits (Akrim et al. 2017; Irshad et al. 2015; Mahmood et al. 2012, 2014, 2016, 2019;  Waseem et al. 2020a,b) for last one decade, but no previous records exist for camera trapping of the species.

In the current study, we have camera trapped Indian Pangolin in the country providing very first camera trap photographs of the species from Pakistan. The species has been camera trapped from two sampling sites; one from Pothwar Plateau (Kallar Syedan site 33.465N & 73.409E, Rawalpindi District) and the other from Rolli Hills (33.486N & 73.902E), surrounding the University of Kotli (Image 1), Azad Jammu & Kashmir. For this purpose, we installed eight camera trap stations from January 2021 till June 2021. We collected a total of 131 pictures of Indian Pangolin from Kallar Syedan site and 25 pictures of the species from Rolli Hills site surrounding University of Kotli AJ&K (Image 2). At Kallar Syedan site we confirmed two pangolins (Image 3) (one male and one female) while the female being pregnant and gave birth (direct field observation) to a baby in the month of April.


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