An update from our Wildlife Hero in Malawi. We had no idea Lynn too was rescuing highly endangered pangolin. According to Lynn’s March 2021 Newsletter COVID -19 created an increase in wildlife poaching and illegal cutting of trees for charcoal. However, despite the challenges Lynn and her team of dedicated Ranger Scouts have had many successes. One being the rescuing of highly endangered Pangolin.
Where in the world is Malawi?
This from Lynn’s March 2021 Newsletter
2020 saw a massive surge of arrests of poachers trafficking pangolins from Mozambique and Zambia into Malawi. Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal, accounting for as much as 20% of all illegal wildlife trade with approx. 80% decline of their global population and are now threatened with extinction. Under International laws pangolins are given the highest level protection through CITES Appendix I.
There are eight species in the world. They are threatened by illegal wildlife trade due to demand for their meat, scales and body parts for medicinal purposes and superstitious values. Malawi is a range state for the Temminck’s Ground Pangolin, the only pangolin species found in Southern Africa. Solitary and active mostly at night, they range from the size of a cat to around a meter long.
17 Pangolins were confiscated in Malawi and rehabilitated back into the wild. We have been providing long term care and rehabilitation for two females before they will be released to some park.
Two very lucky Pangolin named Ruby and Pip
Ruby was the first to arrive. Weighing in at 2kg she was very small and normally would have been still with her mother for at least another 7 months. She was unable to dig nor knew how to find food. Two care givers took on the role of looking after her every need, including finding and digging for ants and termites, cleaning her, making sure she was warm and safe. Some months later little Ruby is now very active and has put on a lot of weight. She is now capable of finding and digging her own food and will be almost ready to release to a National park.
Pip, an adult female was the second pangolin that arrived and needed a lot of medical care. She was badly injured by a panga, with a large open wound which was infected and she also was very traumatized by her terrible ordeal. Some of her scales were hacked off by the panga and she also had her front left leg missing from what we believe was an old snare wound. She was very underweight. Today Pip is doing well, her weight is up and stable and the wound healed nicely. Soon she will be ready to release also.
None of this could have been achieved without the ongoing guidance by Lisa and Ellen from Tikki Hywood Foundation and expert veterinary advice from DNPW/LWT Vet Amanda Lee Salb and Torrie.
Our thanks go to Lynn and her team of Ranger Scouts for never giving up on any species, including the highly endangered Pangolin.
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