“We must act quickly!” The bush meat trade has become more of a threat than the international crime syndicates for the highly endangered pangolin, at least in Uganda. Not too surprising with the job and income losses due to COVID-19. Hunger can lead to desperate measures.
But Moses Arineitwe must hurry! Once again he is called out on a pangolin rescue mission. He must respond fast so that this harmless creature is spared from the pot.
Did you know the Pangolin is the planet’s most endangered mammal? They are poached and illegally trafficked to Asia where their scales are deemed valuable. Some say they can cure most any ailment. Locally, during difficult times, pangolin are caught for bush meat. A poacher will either feed his own family or sell it on the street.
In nature Pangolin are an important part of their ecosystem. They are naturals at pest control. One pangolin supposedly consumes as many as 70 million insects per year! Now that’s a ton of ants and termites!
Moses reports receiving the needed monies, he is already enroute (thank heavens for electronic transfers.) Moses relies on donors like Nikela to fund his pangolin rescue missions. Funds are needed for travel, paying informants, consumable rescue and assessment supplies, and taking care of anything medical the pangolin might need.
Fortunately, this time Moses gets to the pangolin on time. The scared animal, all curled up in a secure ball is carefully placed in the rescue travel box. Once in a safe place Moses weights and measures the pangolin. Size and weight are the best way to determine its health status. Everything checks out okay… whew!
Once the Ugandan Wildlife Authorities arrive the pangolin is handed off. It is then transported to a safe release site. Most often Moses travels along to assure everything goes smoothly.
Moses is ‘happy that another life is not lost to bush meat.”
Way to go Moses!
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