AfriCat Pangolin Research Project
Why we need your help
The Pangolin Research Project at the AfriCat Foundation
Covid 19 impact - with no tourism in Namibia and therefore no guests staying at Okonjima there is no income for the work of the AfriCat Foundation. This has necessitated a curtailment in some aspects of the research work undertaken as without money for salaries, fuel, and equipment it is hard to run a full programme. The study animals are being monitored and some work will continue all be it part time. Any kind donations will be put towards the project and securing the habitiat within the Okonjima Nature Reserve
Pangolins are in big trouble at present as they are being caught in their thousands and sold mainly for their scales which are thought to have medicinal properties which they really do not have. Recently 12.7 tons of pangolin scales were seized in Singapore which represents around 36,000 animals. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Despite their dinosaur or reptilian-like appearance, they are in fact mammals. Pangolins eat ants and termites. While they do not have great vision, they do have an amazing sense of smell, with this they are able to sniff out ant and termite nests. They use their long sticky tongue, which is as long as the body and extremely flexible, to eat their prey.
While trafficking is pangolin biggest threat they also die as a result of vehicle accidents and being electrocuted on electric fencing. The loss of habitat, drought and persecution by scared villagers also has an impact on numbers and their future survival. They don’t have many natural predators as their scales are very protective when rolled into a tight ball.
The AfriCat Pangolin Research Project is the first of its kind within Namibia to focus on the ecology of the ground pangolin and more information is available at www.africat.org. Any queries and questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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