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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa

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Category: Help a species: Pangolins

  1. 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

  2. "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 


  3. 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.





  4. 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


  5. Calling all pangolin lovers! There's pangolin conservation news

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    There’s pangolin news from Uganda.  

    Conservationists at Chester Zoo are collaborating with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Rhino Fund Uganda to discover more information about pangolins.

    It’s hoped that new information about the species will help with their long-term conservation, both in Uganda and in Africa overall.

    Although rhino conservation is the Rhino Fund Uganda’s main priority, their rangers were occasionally spotting giant pangolins when they were out on patrol.  So it made sense for them to get involved.

    Pangolins are covered in hard overlapping, protective scales made of keratin.  Giant pangolins measure up to 1.8m long (that’s nearly 6’), and they’re the largest of the world’s 8 pangolin sub-species, found only in the rainforests and grasslands of equatorial Africa.

    They may well be protected by international wildlife laws banning their trade, but pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world.  Their meat is considered a delicacy in a number of countries.  Their scales are used in traditional medicines, especially in China and Vietnam, despite the fact there’s medical benefit from using them.

    The problem is that little is known about giant pangolins.  Scientists need to know more about their behaviour, ecology and habitat needs so that strategies can be developed to monitor populations and protect them.

    Researchers from Chester Zoo have surveyed the presence of giant pangolins in 3 protected areas of Uganda.  They worked alongside the Rhino Fund Uganda to do an intensive survey of the country’s Ziwa Sanctuary.  They used camera traps and tracking techniques, looking for footprints, burrows and other signs the species have been about.

    70 motion-sensor trail cameras installed by the zoo in the Ziwa Sanctuary have captured hundreds of images and video clips of giant pangolins – including the first colour footage ever recorded of the species in Uganda! And here it is!

    This means that researchers can now identify a number of individual pangolins by their unique marks and patterns on their scales.  And so they can record their behaviours, which were previously unknown to scientists.

    Pangolin dung samples are being collected to acquire vital information about the animals’ diet and hopefully it will help the scientists find out more about the genetics of giant pangolins.

    The team also plans to fit satellite and radio tracking devices on the scales of giant pangolins so that they can find out more about their ranging behaviour, feeding ecology and help develop methods to count and monitor the pangolins. 

    Visit Chester Zoo's website