Trafficking for traditional medicine threatens the Philippine porcupine

  • Endemic to the islands of Palawan province, Philippine porcupines are threatened by habitat loss and, increasingly, by black-market demand for bezoars: stony aggregations of undigested plant material that accumulate in their digestive tracts.
  • Bezoars are believed to have curative properties for diseases ranging from epilepsy to cancer, and experts say rising demand for bezoars threatens to make porcupines “the next pangolins.”
  • The Philippine porcupine, whose population size is unknown, also faces growing threats as its lowland forest habitat is cleared for agriculture and development projects.

READ MORE: Trafficking for traditional medicine threatens the Philippine porcupine (mongabay.com)

Banner Image: A rescued Philippine or Palawan Porcupine at the Katala Institute. Image by P. Widmann/ Katala Foundation.

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