There are 8 different species of pangolin; 4 live in Africa and 4 live in Asia
The name pangolin is from the Malay word ‘penggulung’, meaning something that rolls up
Pangolins are one of the most trafficked mammals in the world
THE PANGOLIN PROJECT
The Pangolin Project is a non-profit organisation in its start up phase that was founded in January 2019. It works in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Narok County Government, NGOs and private sector partners to provide sustainable protection to pangolins and their habitat within East Africa.
Often mistaken for reptiles due to their scale-covered bodies, pangolins are in fact mammals. Nocturnal and extremely secretive, they are hard to study and highly threatened. Over 100,000 are trafficked to Asia and China from Africa every year where they are eaten as a delicacy and where, tragically, their keratin scales are mistakenly thought to have medicinal properties. They are also a popular bushmeat in Africa.
Pangolins are at risk of extinction before most people have even heard of one.
The Pangolin Project is the only one of its kind in East Africa and is working to promote pangolin awareness throughout Kenya, especially amongst anti-poaching units and actors of law enforcement. They currently have a primary research team based at Sala’s Camp, carrying out field work and community programmes in the Greater Mara Ecosystem. Sala’s Camp is incredibly lucky to have higher numbers of pangolin nearby than any other camp in Kenya and benefits from the knowledge of their resident Pangolin Project experts.
Photography © Andy Campbell Safaris
HOW CAN I HELP CONSERVE PANGOLINS ?
Talk – Get talking about these little-known creatures and spread awareness of pangolins’ perilous plight. Talking about them raises awareness that pangolins are now the most poached mammal in the world and there is a very strong chance that these unique and gentle animals will not be around for our children to see.
Donate – The Pangolin Project relies on donor funding to carry out activities including ranger training, primary research on pangolins, education programmes and strengthening of anti-poaching teams. If you would like to donate to the project please contact [email protected] or its founding partner www.thepangolinproject.org.
A donation to the Pangolin Project can go a long way in supporting the team in their work to protect this endangered animal and its fragile habitat in northern Kenya.
$50 can cover the costs of the field research vehicle and team for a day.
$150 can fund the training of one pangolin ranger.
$250 can purchase a camera trap to monitor pangolin habitats.
$750 can buy one satellite tracker to gather data on the movement of pangolins.
$64,000 can fund the entire Kenya Pangolin Project for a year.
UK donations can be tax deductible through registered charity status.
100% of all donations are used towards community and conservation projects, there are no hidden costs or expenses deducted.
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