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The Pangolin Crisis Fund launched in 2019 with $100,000 to fund projects designed to save pangolins and has a goal of raising and deploying $1.5 Million by the end of 2021.

The Pangolin Crisis Fund is managed by Wildlife Conservation Network with technical oversight by Save Pangolins and support from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. The Pangolin Crisis Fund follows the same principles of WCN’s Crisis and Recovery Funds and is governed by expert advisors in the field of conservation and philanthropy.

The Pangolin Crisis Fund has one goal: Eliminate the demand, trafficking, and poaching crisis that puts all eight species of pangolins at risk of extinction.


We send 100% of donations directly to the field, with zero overhead and minimal bureaucracy.



The Pangolin Crisis Fund will invest in projects that are aligned with the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group’s strategies as outlined in their Scaling Up Action Plan, such as:

  • Demand Reduction – Decrease demand for pangolin scales and meat through targeted campaigns to consumers and by building relationships with government policymakers.

  • Enforcement – Strengthen agencies that are protecting pangolins and their habitat such as anti-poaching units, aiding customs, and protected area management.

  • Combating Trafficking – Reduce the illegal trade of pangolins at national, regional, and global levels. Includes judicial reform and anti-trafficking tools and requires creating close alliances with domestic and international law enforcement and policymakers.

  • Public Education/Awareness – Raising the profile of pangolins as a first step towards changing behavior and encouraging conservation support.

  • Community engagement – Working with local communities living adjacent to pangolin habitat so they see pangolins as something worth more alive than poached.