Don’t mistake pangolins for penguins – these creatures are recognizable from their armor-like scales, tongues longer than their bodies, and ability to roll into a ball when threatened. Charming and unique, these creatures are found in parts of Africa and Asia.
However, pangolins are in serious trouble: pangolins are the most trafficked wild mammal in the world – over one million were killed over the past decade. This is the equivalent of a pangolin poached every 5 minutes. Poaching and illegal trade are driven by increasing demand for their meat, which is eaten as a luxury dish, and their scales, used in many traditional medicines. For an animal that has just one (occasionally two) young per year, this rate is unsustainable.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife:
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) is led by Vietnamese who are working to stop the extinction and champion the recovery of threatened species in Vietnam. SVW is entirely responsible for saving pangolins in Vietnam, as well as contributing to pangolin conservation globally. SVW works with government to change legislation, improve law enforcement, and secure habitat for pangolins and other carnivores. They are also working with schools and local communities to reduce demand and protect wildlife habitat. Since 2014, SVW has rescued and cared for over 300 individual pangolins and carnivores before releasing them back to the wild.
Zoological Society of London
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL launched a two-year Pangolin Conservation Initiative in June 2015. The project is helping to protect four species of pangolin – the giant, black-bellied, white-bellied and Sunda pangolins - through supporting protected area management and law enforcement at key sites in Cameroon and Thailand. The project is also working to understand and reduce demand for pangolin products in China.