The Pangolin is the most highly trafficked wildlife species on the continent. The African Pangolin Working Group (APWG) was established on 27 June 2011, following an inaugural meeting by a diverse group of people who all have one passion in common – understanding and protecting pangolins in Africa.
The APWG’s objectives are encompassed by its mission statement: “The African Pangolin Working Group will strive towards the conservation and protection of all four African pangolin species by generating knowledge, developing partnerships and creating public awareness and education initiatives. “other individuals and organisations across Africa who are working in the pangolin conservation space.
Species threats – Although large predators, starvation, fires and possibly disease pose a threat to wild pangolins, the vast majority of threats facing pangolins today are of a human origin – Domestic and International trade
Habitat loss is a significant threat to pangolins – across Africa. With the burgeoning human population, there is an ever-increasing number of people relying on an ever-dwindling supply of natural resources. In addition to this, improved logistics and infrastructure are also contributing to the demise of endangered species.
Hospitalisation, Rehabilitation and Release of Pangolins – All pangolins retrieved out of the illegal wildlife trade are compromised. The African Pangolin Working Group has been appointed by the South African Government, to oversee the rehabilitation of pangolins in the country. Each retrieved pangolin is assessed, treated and rehabilitated by our experienced team: Rehabilitation specialist, Nicci Wright, who has nine years of experience working with pangolins, and veterinarian Dr Karin Lourens.
APWG actively engage in public awareness, pangolin rescue and rehabilitation, training of law enforcement personnel, and engagement with governments and non-governmental organisations across Africa, in addition to research. We choose to support them.
WISH LIST: African Pangolin Working Group
Our wish list includes equipment needed for the pangolarium (not veterinary clinic) – the Pangolarium is a safe place where rescued pangolins will be released.
Our pangolins each get fitted with 2 types of telemetry units, detailed below. They are critical for post release monitoring and have enabled us to know where each individual is, find them and observe their condition and also pick up any issues or problems.