Help Lisa save the highly endangered pangolin
This is one of the strangest little creatures we have come across. An armored ant-eater who walks on two legs all hunched over balanced by a big tail. The front legs (more like arms) dig into termite/ant mounds while his long sticky tongue slurps them up. A fun fact; the tongue is actually attached in his stomach for more efficient harvesting.
Killed for its scales
An amazingly cute harmless little fellow who is one of the most endangered mammals on the planet. With thousands killed each year their numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate. Unfortunately their armor scales are considered valuable in the illegal wildlife trade. Some locals also use them for tribal ceremonies and food. They are caught in the wild, stuffed into a sack and carried to a local village or shipped off to Asia. Many die enroute. A fortunate few are rescued before its too late.
There is Hope
Lisa and Ellen (Tikki Hywood Trust) are international Pangolin experts with a team in Harare Zimbabwe who rescue, rehabilitate, and release them. They also advise law enforcement, policy makers and rehabbers from around the world on their protection and care.
Feeding is super tricky
Rehabilitating rescued Pangolin is a tricky business. They only eat live ants. “You can’t just put a bowl of ants or anything else in front of them. They are very picky and must forage,” says Ellen. So a personal Minder is assigned to each rescued Pangolin. The Minder takes his pangolin out to find ant mounds. This goes on daily until the pangolin is strong and healthy enough to be released in a safe place in the wild.
Large scale impact
The Lisa is on a mission, not only to save one pangolin at a time, but she successfully impacts anti-poaching legislation and enforcement. Not only of Pangolin but other threatened Wildlife.
Lisa is truly a wildlife hero. But with all the success there is a big challenge…
Usual big challenge
You and I may not be able to personally stop the poachers. We may not be able to be a pangolin Minder. However, we can help save the endangered pangolin by donating a few dollars each month to help support rescue efforts, obtain meds, pay vets, support the Minders, buy supplies, and so on.
Helping is easy…
[100% goes to help Lisa save the pangolin]