Times of crisis bring watershed moments, turning points that inspire change. In a crisis we rise to a challenge, banding together to prevail. And since necessity is the mother of invention, a crisis is when we spark new ideas and forge new paths forward.
National Geographic Magazine’s June 2019 issue includes a powerful article on pangolins — the Magazine’s first ever feature article on pangolins. Author Rachael Bale and photographer Brent Stirton convey the crisis facing pangolins through the lens of the people involved in pangolin conservation on the ground.
Save Pangolins was consulted throughout the development of the story and co-Founder Paul Thomson is quoted within the text. The article is already generating a lot of discussion online. This is an example of how powerful storytelling can shed light on an important but little-known conservation issue — as only National Geographic can do.
World Pangolin Day is this Saturday, February 16th. This annual movement has helped people all over the world discover pangolins and find out how to get involved in their conservation.
For World Pangolin Day, we are releasing a short film by Coral & Oak Studios. It is a powerful story that follows a poached pangolin from forest to dinner plate. This unfortunate pangolin represents just one of many: in only a decade, more than 1,000,000 pangolins have been poached for their meat and scales.
Dr. Jane Goodall made a special video for audiences during the Save Pangolins talk at the Wildlife Conservation Expo on October 12, 2018. Dr. Jane Goodall loves pangolins and calls for people to take action. Watch the video to learn more.
Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world. Paul Thomson from Save Pangolins provides context on the illegal pangolin trade and Elisa Panjang shares the work she is doing to protect this scaly species at the 2018 Wildlife Conservation Expo. Watch their full talk here.
Ten years ago, we created Save Pangolins around a simple premise: raise awareness about pangolins. Back then, most people had never heard of a pangolin or knew that they were seriously threatened by the illegal wildlife trade. Today, pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world for their meat and scales, and we are witnessing poaching at astonishing levels that will certainly drive them to extinction unless we intervene.
Today, however, we are here to celebrate good news.
Save Pangolins joined IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group members and other experts from 16 countries gathered in Singapore June 28-30th to create the first ever regional strategy to conserve the Critically Endangered Sunda pangolin.
The workshop was the first in a series to develop detailed, regional strategies for each of the eight pangolin species, which will also be bolstered by the development of national action plans. Together the regional and national plans will inform one consolidated global strategy for pangolin conservation in the next decade.
Today is World Pangolin Day – a time to celebrate some of nature’s most unique and lovable animals. But it is also a day for action. The desire for their meat and scales is driving pangolins to extinction, right when many people around the world are only just discovering they exist. If we don’t come together – online and in the real world – we stand to lose an animal that has been on this planet for 80 million years.
Pangolins are gentle, insect-eating mammals about the size of a house cat. They have long faces with no teeth and a sticky tongue that is longer than the length of its body when unfurled. Each pangolin can devour up to 70 million insects per year by some estimates.
Today is World Pangolin Day, an opportunity to celebrate some of the most fascinating animals on Earth, and also some of the world’s most threatened. More than one million pangolins have been poached from the wild over the past decade, making them the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world. As a result, all eight species of pangolins are threatened with extinction.
But there is hope. Today we celebrate the emerging heroes who are working to conserve pangolins. Nine African and Vietnamese conservationists have been selected for the 2016 MENTOR-POP Fellowship program – a new initiative that builds capacity for conserving pangolins. Based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the 15 month MENTOR Progress on Pangolins (POP) Fellowship will develop a trans-disciplinary team of early-career conservation practitioners to champion the conservation of pangolins in Central Africa.