You’ve heard how social media connects people around the world instantly. In this case a pangolin rescue effort in Uganda was made possible.
Moses loves wildlife. He is on a mission to do what he can to save one elephant, or in this case, pangolin, at a time. This successful pangolin rescue operation had people participating and helping via social media from around the globe.
The pertinent exchanges via Facebook Messenger
[The name of each author is noted.]
I have an urgent pangolin rescue work .
I don’t have transport means and taking care of my informants .
Need to get the pangolin to safe hands before it’s sold or eaten .
It’s in eastern Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) so UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) won’t help me.
I need $150 for this. If anyone can use Western Union or MoneyGram direct. – Moses
Moses, is it safe to go to DRC? Do you know anyone there who could be your counterpart? I know, wildlife knows no boundaries and some people/families may have roots in both sides, but isn’t their government ‘difficult?’ – Jodie
I have people on ground Jodie .
I’m safe .
There are some local leaders here so I’m in touch with them .
Yes police here won’t help .
Now some people know the good of wildlife from my awareness – Moses
Good. I think we need to spread your work so that others are doing it too – not spread you all over the globe. – Joan
Thanks all .
I am getting a motorcycle from a friend then travel to the point where the animal is . – Moses
good luck @Arineitwe Moses – Sam
I’m on my way to Eastern Congo border where I have been called that someone is selling a pangolin .
I have transport issues and taking care of my informants to make this pangolin rescue a success and do awareness about stopping this .- Moses
Hope that you get there in time Moses – Mary
Will be there in 30 minutes – Moses
Can you get across the border no problem Moses? – Sam
Will have to pay at the border .
I have friends there so will tell them I’m going for a visit .
I know how to handle this . – Moses
Do you have a carer for it after rescue Moses – Sam
Will be in a community forest and someone keeping an eye .
Will link up with UWA too when I’m back – Moses.
hello dear @Arineitwe Moses . yet another extraordinary job that you are doing to save your lives. the best for you would really be to be able to have a car. I talk with a bank in France to obtain financing for a vehicle. – Pascal.
Hi Margrit .
Arrived. Got it .
Still in need of food funds for this rescue operation .
Should be going to the other forest you visited but someone has to keep an eye as we monitor the health. It looks weak now . – Moses
Bravo. Have you received any funds? I can send a small amount, $20. If others are joining in. Where will you receive it? – Katherine
I will have to go to bank tomorrow and pay for transport and the informants .
I have to give tips not payments to discourage this habit .
I haven’t received anything yet .
It’s not easy here for me but I struggle to get back – Moses
I’m talking to many people about the need to protect these animals .
Most don’t know what’s happening with them .
Many haven’t seen one too . – Moses
Reached with pangolin .
It’s feeding on ants .
Going to be at the community forest .
Close monitoring will be on .- Moses
Thanks so very much all .
This is now cleared .
Thanks to Leeanne and Katherine for raising $158 to cover this operation .
Now the pangolin is safe .
I will need to have some trusted men from my team to help keep an eye on the pangolin as it moves freely in the community forest .
Will call land owners too so that they are aware . – Moses
For the safety of this dear pangolin I am not making this operation public yet .
Will give updates this morning when at the community forest to check on it . – Moses
Pangolins are a high interest here due to the on going trade in them .
And on top of that the guys congo said their meat is so delicious to them .
Crazy . – Moses
Since this pangolin rescue Moses has been involved in at least two more interceptions. One involving pangolin and the other a cruelly captive held monkey.