National Geographic

@natgeo 11 months ago
Photo by @brentstirton | Harare, Zimbabwe: I was privileged to spend time with the world’s best pangolin caregivers at the #tikkihywoodtrust for an upcoming Nat Geo story. I saw an extraordinary #relationship unfold as these men helped rescued, traumatized #pangolin find ants and termites to eat and kept them safe from predators and poachers. Pangolins, the world’s most trafficked animal in the illegal wildlife trade, are extraordinarily endangered. The Tikki Hywood Trust undertakes public awareness campaigns, trains law enforcement and judiciary personnel, conducts research, and rehabilitates pangolins confiscated from the illegal trade. They operate with partners across Africa and advise in Asia. 
A recently opened extension #tikkihywoodfoundation.cameroon is doing great work in one of the epicenters of the illegal pangolin trade. Founder Lisa Hywood is seen as a global expert on caring for pangolins in captivity, and along with partner Ellen Connelly, they represent an extraordinary example of how to care for animals. The trust also engages with other organizations and governments throughout Africa to highlight the plight of pangolins, raising awareness of their conservation status, as well as implementing conservation actions. Many of their activities are not covered by research grants, and they rely on sponsors and donations to continue their work. It is estimated that over a million pangolin have been lost in the last ten years, from a population that we have never counted. We have no idea how many remain,
and we know no one has ever successfully bred these fragile animals in captivity. We are losing these extraordinary animals so quickly to the illegal Asian market that they may disappear before we can truly appreciate them. #conservation #Endangered #antipoaching #WildlifeCrime #Africa

Photo by @brentstirton | Harare, Zimbabwe: I was privileged to spend time with the world’s best pangolin caregivers at the #tikkihywoodtrust for an upcoming Nat Geo story. I saw an extraordinary #relationship unfold as these men helped rescued, traumatized #pangolin find ants and termites to eat and kept them safe from predators and poachers. Pangolins, the world’s most trafficked animal in the illegal wildlife trade, are extraordinarily endangered. The Tikki Hywood Trust undertakes public awareness campaigns, trains law enforcement and judiciary personnel, conducts research, and rehabilitates pangolins confiscated from the illegal trade. They operate with partners across Africa and advise in Asia. A recently opened extension #tikkihywoodfoundation.cameroon is doing great work in one of the epicenters of the illegal pangolin trade. Founder Lisa Hywood is seen as a global expert on caring for pangolins in captivity, and along with partner Ellen Connelly, they represent an extraordinary example of how to care for animals. The trust also engages with other organizations and governments throughout Africa to highlight the plight of pangolins, raising awareness of their conservation status, as well as implementing conservation actions. Many of their activities are not covered by research grants, and they rely on sponsors and donations to continue their work. It is estimated that over a million pangolin have been lost in the last ten years, from a population that we have never counted. We have no idea how many remain, and we know no one has ever successfully bred these fragile animals in captivity. We are losing these extraordinary animals so quickly to the illegal Asian market that they may disappear before we can truly appreciate them. #conservation #Endangered #antipoaching #WildlifeCrime #Africa