In a remote part of South Africa, sick and injured orphaned baby wild animals desperately need a bush veterinary clinic to help them. Our partner, the Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre, is a rescue and rehabilitation center for baby wild creatures, orphaned when their mothers were killed. Right now, Umoya Khulula has dozens of very young animals, all of whom need medical treatment and intense care to be readied for return to the wild. Among them are aardwolves, springbok, zebras and critically endangered pangolins.
When orphaned babies arrive at Umoya Khulula, they are always traumatized, terrified and often have injuries that need X-rays and scans. Currently, they must be bundled into a vehicle for an arduous 150-mile (240-kilometer) round trip to the nearest clinic. These are creatures who feel pain and fear just as we do – can you imagine the terror they must feel?
But at the moment there is no alternative. With your help, we are going to change that by assisting with the creation of a small emergency clinic at Umoya Khulula.
A clinic will save baby orphans and give hope to endangered species!
This is truly important because some of these creatures are so endangered that the survival of even a single animal, to be returned to the bush, is a major victory. Vitally important RIGHT NOW are three baby pangolins rescued from the Asian pangolin trade.
It may be hard to believe but there are entire international criminal syndicates that stretch their tentacles from Asian headquarters to places as remote as the deep South African bush. They have one purpose: to capture pangolins – small, solitary, gentle nocturnal termite-eaters – and skin them for their scales or keep them alive before being served as a meal for sick customers in heartless restaurants from the Congo to China. In a Congo restaurant, a slice of pangolin costs $60 (£45) and is openly on sale.
The trade involves ghastly cruelty. In Asia, they like to smoke live pangolins over a fire so that oil drips from the body, which is then sold as a tonic. There is not a single shred of evidence the oil – or any other part of the pangolin, including scales – has any health benefit, but they do it anyway.
All eight pangolin species are supposed to be protected under national and international laws – but in reality, they are the most trafficked animals in the world and are quickly being wiped out. All pangolin species are threatened; two are critically endangered. So, you can see why this animal welfare issue is so important. The survival of these and other babies to grow up in the wild and breed will give new to an entire species.
Here’s our plan to help the orphans…
We have promised to help equip a small veterinary clinic at Umoya Khulula, where the newly arrived orphans can be scanned, X-rayed and assessed immediately. An X-ray machine and scanner are available and the building is ready to have the equipment installed. Please help us provide medical help for countless orphaned animals for years to come by making a donation today.
Your kindness and concern will play a crucial role in giving hope for the survival of creatures we risk losing forever. Please donate what you can today.