Pangolin rescue
and rehabilitation

Pangolin rescue
and rehabilitation

We work to rehabilitate pangolins in their natural habitat, ensuring a swift return to the wild. Our efforts prioritise individual animal care by collaborating with wildlife rehabilitation experts, sharing knowledge, and following best practices and treatment plans.

Our focus is on releasing animals back into the wild promptly, minimising human interaction to avoid imprinting and ensuring the animals remain in their natural environment.

Pangolins under our care suffer from injuries resulting from a range of issues including road accidents or human-wildlife conflicts. We also rehabilitate and release pangolins rescued from illegal wildlife trade operations run by local law enforcement officials.

How we support pangolin rescue and rehabilitation

Our pangolin rescue and rehabilitation efforts are carried out in collaboration with the Kalahari Wildlife Project (KWP). Based in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, the facility is managed by a veterinary nurse with over 30 years of expertise in rehabilitating various animals, including pangolins, aardwolves, bat-eared foxes, and raptors.

Previously, injured pangolins from the Northern Cape had to be transported to rehabilitation centres in other regions of South Africa. By rehabilitating pangolins and other wildlife in their natural habitat, we work with KWP to swiftly reintroduce them to familiar surroundings.

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Our support for this work provides KWP with a variety of services and equipment. This includes:

  • Off-site housing for pangolins at night that keeps secure, and where release details are kept confidential for their protection.
  • Operating expenses that cover veterinary care, medications, equipment, DNA testing, transportation.
  • Staff expenses that enable specialised care and pangolin monitoring, feeding, and exercise.
  • Data collection efforts that contribute towards greater scientific research and understanding on pangolins.

Our goal is to raise R250,000 to run the facility each year.

By donating to our rescue and rehabilitation efforts, you help ensure pangolins are recovered, treated, and safely returned to the wild.

Learn about pangolins

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Did you know: A pangolin can eat more than 70 million insects a year! Their diet of termites and ants means they play an integral part in local ecosystems. Discover more about these pangolins and why we need your help to protect them.