Urgent Action Needed: Help orphaned pangolins survive poaching tragedy!

Urgent Action Needed: Help orphaned pangolins survive poaching tragedy!

We have told you before about the near obliteration of endangered pangolins in Africa and throughout the world. The clock is ticking for this species, which is being driven to extinction by the illegal wildlife trade, for its meat and scales.

Urgent Action Needed: Help orphaned pangolins survive poaching tragedy!Credit: Nancy Gelman / USFWS; Jefri Tarigan / AP

Every pangolin life lost pushes the species closer to extinction.

Right now, we are helping our partner in Nigeria save the lives of eight juvenile pangolins – called pangopups – in critical condition, all saved from the illegal wildlife trade in West Africa. It is a miracle that any animal could survive this brutal illegal capture – let alone a helpless pangopup – and these eight need your support right away.

Urgent Action Needed: Help orphaned pangolins survive poaching tragedy!

Credit: Pangolins International and Nigerian Partners

Eight pangopups are fighting to survive after being rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. With your help, we can save their lives.

Last month, our partner, Pangolins International (PI), rescued the eight pangopups from illegal traders in Nigeria. Their mothers were captured by poachers and slaughtered for their meat and scales, which are sold at local markets. Pangopups are of no use to the traders – so they are routinely chucked into rubbish bins to die, or casually discarded. Sometimes, these infants are found still clinging to their dead mothers!

It’s heart-wrenching to think of these young creatures being taken from their mothers only to be thrown away like trash because they are deemed worthless. They are battling for their survival, and we simply cannot stand by and do nothing.

Urgent Action Needed: Help orphaned pangolins survive poaching tragedy!Credit: Pangolins International and Nigerian Partners

Pangopups rescued from the wildlife trade need special milk or they will die.
It is for this life-saving milk that we so desperately need your support today!

There is no alternative. We need to rush funds to purchase as much special milk as we possibly can.

Political and economic uncertainty in Nigeria means that supplies of specialized products are unpredictable and costly, so PI must purchase the formula whenever they are able to find it – and as much of it as possible.

Urgent Action Needed: Help orphaned pangolins survive poaching tragedy!Credit: Pangolins International and Nigerian Partners

Pangolins are extremely sensitive creatures that seldom do well in stressful environments and under human care. Many rescued by PI are injured, malnourished and dehydrated, and were saved from intensely traumatic situations. These little creatures have to be handled very carefully and need to be fed special milk formula – measured to the correct amount and mixed to the exact concentration – every few hours. The PI team is skilled and has a remarkable track record in nursing them to health.

80% of our partner’s rescued pangolins survive (so there is GREAT HOPE for the eight pangopups), but to have any chance of survival, they must receive the special milk formula!
We are racing to get the formula but we need your help right now.

Urgent Action Needed: Help orphaned pangolins survive poaching tragedy!Credit: Pangolins International and Nigerian Partners

Please help us raise $5,000 (roughly £4,100) to get these animals the nutrition they desperately need to survive. The more we raise, the longer we can support their recovery – ideally, until they are strong enough to be released into safe protected areas.

Pangolins are the most trafficked animal in the world, with Asia being the biggest market for the scales, which are used in potions and their meat which is considered a delicacy. They are notoriously difficult to care for and keep alive, as they easily succumb to the effects of stress. This milk is critical to their survival, and is often the only thing standing between them and death.

Urgent Action Needed: Help orphaned pangolins survive poaching tragedy!Credit: Khaosod News

The fate of eight rescued juvenile pangolins hangs in the balance.
With your support today, we can save them!

Pangolins have existed for an estimated 80 million years and play a significant role in controlling insect populations in the wild. Their extinction would have unknown repercussions on our ecosystems, yet all eight species of pangolin are listed as endangered on the IUCN’s Red List (The International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Urgent Action Needed: Help orphaned pangolins survive poaching tragedy!Credit: Charles Emogor

Some species are at risk of going extinct within as few as ten years!

Rescued pangopups stand no chance of survival without this specialized milk formula. Please help us. We must do everything in our power to help secure the future of this irreplaceable species. Help us to do this, one pangolin life at a time.

Saving animals and the planet,

General Manager
Animal Survival International

Saving animals and the planet,

 

Typically thought of as “bad guys”, vultures (who are heading towards EXTINCTION) are actually quite the opposite - they play a crucial role in stopping the spread of deadly diseases!

Campaign Director
Animal Survival International

P.S. Rehabilitated pangolins are released into protected areas where their health and safety are regularly monitored via tracking devices. Your donation today will help give the pangolin species hope for the future, and individual pangolins the chance to live peaceful lives in the wild.

P.P.S. Pangolins International is working hard to combat illegal pangolin poaching and trading across many markets in Nigeria. Clamping down on illegal activity is a slow and difficult process, but it is not impossible, and ASI will support PI as much as we possibly can in their fight to stop the poaching and trade of the species across Nigeria.

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Urgent Action Needed: Help orphaned pangolins survive poaching tragedy!

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