We’ve told you before about the poaching epidemic that is threatening to wipe pangolins from the face of the earth. Recently, you helped us provide emergency support to save baby tree pangolins in Nigeria, and now we need your help to rehabilitate and release three Temminck’s ground pangolins in South Africa.
Starved and injured by their captors, we must urgently raise $9,500 (£6,900) for the costly medical care, 24-hour monitoring and GPS tagging that these pangolins urgently need.
The ASI team traveled with our partner, Umoya Khulula, who help pangolins amongst other wild animals, to an undisclosed location deep in South Africa’s bushveld, where the three pangolins are being kept under heavy guard. After being rescued from traffickers in dangerous undercover sting operations, these juvenile pangolins are in urgent need of intensive care.
All three pangolins were received in a shocking condition after being kept in horrific circumstances by their captors. Critically underweight and suffering wounds caused from being tied up with wire, having their claws ripped out, their scales torn off and their feet lacerated, these gentle creatures are in desperate need of our help.
We have pledged to provide support, but, we need your help to do so. Please help us raise the $9,500 (£6,900) so urgently needed. Your donation will be used for medical treatment, around-the-clock care and GPS tagging. Each one of these animals is vital to the survival of their species, and we must do everything within our power to ensure they survive and return to the wild.
If we do not rescue and rehabilitate every pangolin we can, these rare and unique creatures could become extinct in our lifetime.
We are working towards a long-term solution to the worldwide illegal trade in pangolins for traditional ‘medicine’ and meat. But in the meantime, rescuing individual pangolins from traffickers, rehabilitating and releasing them into protected areas with high-tech tracking equipment, is our best course of action to try to prevent their extinction.
Their captors have been arrested and are awaiting trial, but it is now a race against time to save their victims. Please, can we count on your support?
Rescuing a pangolin from traffickers and securing arrests is a big success, but this is only the start. These criminals have no regard for the welfare of the captured pangolins, which are often on the verge of death when they are confiscated. As a result, it becomes a race against time to assess the animal and start emergency treatment.
Immediately, each pangolin is rehydrated with a drip, before undergoing x-rays to check for broken bones and CT scans, to check for pneumonia – a common side effect of stress in pangolins that can be deadly. Most rescued pangolins are so weak from starvation that they must be anesthetized and fed through a tube, to receive critical nutrients. This is a dangerous, but necessary procedure.
The veterinary costs skyrocket from day one, but each of these creatures is worth it. Please donate to help us secure their survival.
Once the pangolins are stabilized and strong enough, they begin an outdoor walking program with their caregiver, to increase their strength and begin foraging for ants, which is vital for their survival.
Rehabilitating rescued pangolins is a slow and highly complex procedure. Thankfully these three pangolins have dedicated caregivers who are committed to ensuring their full recovery and release. But they cannot do it without our support. Please, help us save these three critically important Temmick’s ground pangolins in South Africa.