Elisa Panjang is in her second year at Danau Girang Field Centre working towards her PhD with Cardiff University on the Sunda pangolin (‘tenggiling’ in Malay). There are eight species of pangolins in the world and the single one you can find on Borneo is the Sunda. Pangolins are the only mammal covered with overlapping scales with their closest relatives being the tree sloth, armadillo, and anteater. The conservation status of the pangolin is currently listed as critically endangered. They are the most heavily trafficked mammal in the world. The illegal international trade driven by China, where it is used in traditional medicine (not proven scientifically), is driving the pangolin population to extinction. Elisa’s research is aimed at understanding their ecology and behavioral response to habitat fragmentation and degradation. Little research has been done on pangolins to date making this study extremely significant. Currently there is no information on the actual population size and only a small amount of knowledge in regards to pangolin ecology & behavior. The findings of Elisa’s study will be used to inform conservation management more successfully for the pangolin on Borneo. Her research uses a combination of methods to obtain data on this rare species such as sign surveys, camera traps, satellite telemetry, and community interview. Elisa is currently working on designing a suitable GPS tag to study the pangolin. Her work is the first known application of satellite tag on Sunda pangolin in the region. She says- the key is to test everything so you can somehow make it work. Studying pangolin ecology, as Elisa is devoting her research to, is critical to understanding the best way to protect this unique and critically endangered species.