Manis gigantea (the pangolin) is positioned at the heart of biodiversity loss and issues of climate change. The Pangolin is the most trafficked mammal on the planet and recent research indicates this species carries an unusually high number of coronavirus strains. Contemporary illegal trade routes trace patterns of exchange that date back to the silk road. The impact of human activity on biodiversity loss remains the largest issue facing extinction of critically endangered species today.
By using art to raise awareness, this project takes a critical position on human encroachment into wild areas and examines the relationship between habitat loss and the spread of zootonic diseases. In the midst of the global pandemic, increased pressure from poaching and decrease in tourism revenue are quickly transforming this prehistoric and gentle creature into a ghost.