Summary

The Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) class nine is comprised of twenty-five participants from U.S.-based institutions, as well as international conservationists from Ecuador, Indonesia, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka. The class has had two in-person training sessions, the first one between May 16th and May 20th, 2022, and the second one from May 1st – 5th, 2023. Class nine was divided into four project teams; all focused on tackling the threats posed to pangolin species. Specifically, the teams worked on the following campaigns: empowering local pangolin champions internationally (partner Save Pangolins), researching the demand for pangolin scales in Vietnam’s traditional medicine practice (partner WildAid), developing ethical pangolin monitoring devices (partner Tikki Hywood Foundation), and addressing illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia (partner Planet Indonesia). They reconvened in Washington, D.C., for their final training and graduation celebration on November 30th & December 1st, 2023.