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Category: Help a species: Pangolins

  1. OIPA Cameroon needs help to fund research into pangolins in Cameroon

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    OIPA Cameroon is looking for organisations to fund research into pangolins in Cameroon.

    Pangolins are highly endangered and threatened by human and human-related activities there.  They are poached and traded on an international scale, and their scales, skins and meat are used for food, traditional medicine and as fashion accessories.

    Find out more about this research proposal
    Find out more about this research proposal
    image © OIPA Cameroon

    Cameroon has three of the four species of African pangolin, but very little information is available on how to help conservation efforts there. 

    So an OIPA delegation in the country have prepared a research proposal.  They want to provide new data on the distribution, abundance and threats that this endangered pangolins face in Campo Ma’am National Park.   The park is situated in the south western corner of Cameroon.

    If the research can find this data out, then it can put forward a conservation management plan for review and potential implementation by the Government and National Park authority. 

    All three species are listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species, whilst the IUCN Red List them as vulnerable or threatened.

    Although a Ministerial order was signed back in 2017 with full protection for the three species of pangolin, there is still evidence of illegal trade and trafficking in Cameroon. 

    So despite all these measures, Cameroon pangolins are threatened and research needs to be done to ascertain the best way forward to protect them.

    If your organisation can help fund the research or you need more information, please email  [email protected]



  2. Click to tell Facebook to shut down its disturbing pangolin trade

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    Pangolins need all our help. 

    I’ve had an email from about a petition for pangolin lovers.  They have some really good campaigns on SumOfUs and are achieving some great results

    Pangolins  they need our voice, and our signature to tell Facebook "to increase  the enforcement of wildlife trafficking policy and make sure that no threatened or endangered species’ parts are sold on your platform."

    Click to tell Facebook to shut down its disturbing pangolin trade

    Pangolins are the most trafficked animal on the planet.  Up to 2.7 million of them are killed by poachers every year.  Poachers want to sell their parts to traditional medicine shops.

    A new report says that Facebook it worse, because they are letting traffickers sell pangolin parts on their platform!  Report investigators searched translations of pangolin in different languages, and there was listing after listing, even though Facebook has already signed an international coalition to stop this sort of thing! They just need to enforce their own rules.

    Click to tell Facebook to shut down its disturbing pangolin trade

  3. "Pangolins - the World's Most Wanted Animal" - back tonight on BBC2 at 9pm

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    The programme "Pangolins - the World's Most Wanted Animal" is back on BBC2 tonight, Friday 17 April, 2020 at 9pm.

    Don't miss it!  Although it's a repeat, the programme is very timely, given that these rather amazing animals are at the centre of the coronavirus storm. 

    Visit the Environmental Investigation Agency's website

    Pangolins are the world's  most trafficked animal - their scales are wanted in Chinese medicine.  Their flesh is eaten as a delicacy. 

    Sir David Attenborough narrates the storm of the pangolin and gives hope on how we can save them.

    There's a list of pangolin charities here 


  4. Please see this video from Gravitas - how nature is reclaiming its spaces due to the Coronavirus

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    Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.

    I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you.  Please share it with everyone you can.

    The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet.  It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish.   I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself.   Here it is:

    Thank you, Gravitas.

    Please vow to make a difference today. 
    Find out how to reduce your impact on the earth's resources here.





  5. Introducing the Pangolin Crisis Fund

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    There’s a Pangolin Crisis Fund that’s managed by the Wildlife Conservation Network.

    Save Pangolins have technical oversight of it.   It’s governed by expert advisors in the field in conservation and philanthropy.

    The Pangolin Crisis Fund has one goal: 

    To eliminate the demand, trafficking and poaching criss that puts all 8 species of pangolins at risk of extinction.

    The fund will invest in projects that are in keeping with the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group’s strategies, such as:

    • Reducing demand for pangolin scales and meat by targeted campaigns to consumers and building relationships with government policy makers
    • Envorcement – strenthing those agencies protecting pangolins and their habitats – anti-oaching units, helping customs and protected area management
    • Combating trafficking – reducing the illegal trade of pangolins at every level, with judicial reform and anti-trafficking tools.  Close alliances with law enforcement and policymakers with be needed
    • Raising the profile of pangolins to start changing behavioiur and encourage conservation support
    • Working with local communities living next to pangolin habitat so that they can see these animals as worth more alive than poached

    Find out more about Save Pangolins here

    Find out more about the Pangolin Crisis Fund here