World Pangolin Day
World Pangolin Day falls on the third Saturday of February each year – so in 2023, it’s on 18th February.
Pangolins urgently need our help. One of their biggest problems is that people don't know much about them - but they are the most illegally trafficked mammal on the planet.
Shy pangolins need us to be social for them on their behalf.
We need to be their voice and tell people about them.
We need to spread the word far and wide about these shy, solitary animals. We need to get social for them, and spread the word about their state and how people can help.
Awareness days give us a good excuse to do just that – not that one is needed – and World Pangolin Day falls on the third Saturday of February every year.
18 February 2023
#worldpangolinday = the chance to tell people about pangolins
Please shout out for pangolins – tweet, share on Facebook, Instagram, everywhere you can think of. Spread the word.
Pangolins need us to explain that wildlife crime doesn’t pay
Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) is working to educate people that wildlife crime doesn’t pay; it has a You Tube video showing a wildlife traffickers in prison, with prison sentences of up to 15 years for wildlife trafficking. They have a number of videos which you can share to stop pangolin consumption and trade. The ENV is urging the public to join the fight against wildlife crime. And they have a safer with science video, showing that science is safer than relying on traditional medicines.
On 15 February 2023, in the province of Quang Nam: Tam Ky city launches a ‘Say No to wildlife’ campaign This is a comprehensive effort to eradicate wildlife meat consumption in the region.
Pangolin Projects and Conservation Charities need us to help them so that they can help the pangolins
There’s plenty of work being done to help pangolins – with lots of charities working their heart out to solve the problem. Here are some examples:
Back in 2019 (mid), the Pangolin Crisis Fund (PCF) was launched. Its mission is to save all eight species of pangolins from extinction. The Pangolin Crisis Fund invests in projects to stop the poaching of pangolins, to stop the trade and demand for pangolin products and to raise the profile of pangolins. You can find out abaout their latest investments in their 2022 Update.
The Pangolin Crisis Fund has also given a grant to WildAid which has worked to reduce demand for illegal wildlife products in China and Vietnam. It is working to raise awareness of the pangolins’ plight and discourage consumption of their meat and scales. If China stops making and using pangolin medicines in its hospital networks and suggests alternatives, other practioners will follow suit. The demand for pangolins in China will reduce.
The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group has launched its global conservation action plan, Scaling Up Pangolin Conservation and you can download the PDF here. You can also see the national strategies for Singapore, Taiwan, Nepal, Hong Kong SAR and the Philippines. The global conservation action plan includes:
The African Wildlife Foundation has a three pronged approach to protect the pangolin: