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Saving The Precious Pangolins

Saving The Precious Pangolins

Author -  Vicki Kenny

The precious pangolin


Trafficked on a horrific scale globally, pangolins face an uncertain future, and tragically have become the world's most hunted mammal. 

Their scales are revered in Asia where they are thought to cure a host of ailments, and this absurd superstition has led to the demise of these incredible animals. The beginning of September saw a young pangolin, rocks being hurled at her still fragile frame, being rescued on the outskirts of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek.

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She was immediately rushed to the safety of the Wildlife Sanctuary, where Marlice opened her arms to an animal terrified by its horrific ordeal. After soothing days in Marlice’s care, the Wildlife Sanctuary team watched as our precious pangolin was released onto the Wildlife Sanctuary reserve, delighting in witnessing her scuttling embrace of freedom. After all, we strictly adhere to the motto of “returning the wild to the wild”.

Check out her release below

International Working Holidays Volunteer Project Namibia-8.png

But just a few days later our pangolin pal decided to abandon her carefree reserve life, instead opting for the comforts and security of the sanctuary. We can only guess the reasons for her bizarrely habituated nature, her lack of fear and obvious acceptance of human contact hinting at a captive past.

She now scampers through the bushveldt on her daily walks, the vigilant staff and volunteers ensuring that she forages as naturally as possible, nurturing her wild instincts and encouraging a future release.

This extraordinary creature is becoming a pangolin ambassador, astonishing guests and volunteers with invaluable insight into the complex nature of a species of which so little is known.

Find out how you too can volunteer at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia

Saving The Precious Pangolins

Trafficked on a horrific scale globally, pangolins face an uncertain future, and tragically have become the world's most hunted mammal. Their scales are revered in Asia where they are thought to cure a host of ailments, and this absurd superstition has led to the demise of these incredible animals. Find out how our Wildlife Sanctuary Project is helping save them

The precious pangolin


Trafficked on a horrific scale globally, pangolins face an uncertain future, and tragically have become the world's most hunted mammal. 

Their scales are revered in Asia where they are thought to cure a host of ailments, and this absurd superstition has led to the demise of these incredible animals. The beginning of September saw a young pangolin, rocks being hurled at her still fragile frame, being rescued on the outskirts of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek.

International Working Holidays Volunteer Project Namibia-4.png

She was immediately rushed to the safety of the Wildlife Sanctuary, where Marlice opened her arms to an animal terrified by its horrific ordeal. After soothing days in Marlice’s care, the Wildlife Sanctuary team watched as our precious pangolin was released onto the Wildlife Sanctuary reserve, delighting in witnessing her scuttling embrace of freedom. After all, we strictly adhere to the motto of “returning the wild to the wild”.

Check out her release below

International Working Holidays Volunteer Project Namibia-8.png

But just a few days later our pangolin pal decided to abandon her carefree reserve life, instead opting for the comforts and security of the sanctuary. We can only guess the reasons for her bizarrely habituated nature, her lack of fear and obvious acceptance of human contact hinting at a captive past.

She now scampers through the bushveldt on her daily walks, the vigilant staff and volunteers ensuring that she forages as naturally as possible, nurturing her wild instincts and encouraging a future release.

This extraordinary creature is becoming a pangolin ambassador, astonishing guests and volunteers with invaluable insight into the complex nature of a species of which so little is known.

Find out how you too can volunteer at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia

Saving The Precious Pangolins

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