Sunda Pangolin Manis javanica (Mammalia: Pholidota: Manidae) of Gaya Island, Sabah

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Jephte Sompud
Cynthia Boon Sompud
Kurtis Jai-Chyi Pei
Nick Ching-Min Sun
Rimi Repin
Fred Tuh


The Sunda Pangolin Manis javanica is naturally present in Gaya Island, Sabah, but its population status is largely unknown.  Results from a recent survey using camera traps indicated the presence of a few individuals, who were strictly nocturnal.  There is a strong indication that the population in Gaya Island is in danger of local extinction.  There is also an urgent need to conduct an in-depth study to gather scientific information for further conservation action.

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Jephte Sompud, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Forestry Complex, Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Jalan UMS, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Forest Plantation and Agroforestry Program.

Senior lecturer and Researcher 


Cynthia Boon Sompud, Wildlife Sentinels, No. 25, Kian Hap Industrial Centre, Lorong Durian 3, Jalan Kolombong, Inanam 88450, Sabah, Malaysia.


Kurtis Jai-Chyi Pei, National Dong Hwa University, No. 1, Sec. 2, Da Hsueh Rd. Shoufeng, Hualien 97401, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Institute of Wildlife Conservation


Nick Ching-Min Sun, National Pintung University of Science and Technology, No. 1, Shuefu Road, Neipu, Pingtung 91201, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Graduate Institute of Bioresources.

PhD candidate

Rimi Repin, SABAH PARKS, Lot 45 & 46, Level 1-5, Blok H, Signature Office, KK Times Square, Coastal Highway, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Research and Education Unit

Deputy Director of Sabah Parks


Fred Tuh, SABAH PARKS, Lot 45 & 46, Level 1-5, Blok H, Signature Office, KK Times Square, Coastal Highway, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Kinabalu Park Research and Education Unit

Unit Head


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