Rhino Revolution are working very closely with Provet Wildlife Services, Hoedspruit’s specialist wildlife veterinarians, led by Dr Peter Rogers and Dr Debbie English, as the rescued pangolins require around the clock medical care and support.
Rhino Revolution’s aim is to release the pangolins back into the wild as soon as possible. The first pangolins have already been released – each wearing a GPS & VHF tracker – so their progress and well-being can be monitored remotely.
There is now a rapidly escalating and urgent need to help save pangolins confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. Rhino Revolution and Provet Wildlife Services are at the cutting edge of these conservation efforts, and are leading the way in the rescue and rehabilitation of these elusive and critically endangered species.
Pangolins are the world’s most illegally trafficked animal – poached for both traditional African, as well as rapidly developing Asian markets for use in traditional Chinese medicine and as a delicacy. The fact is that pangolin scales are made of keratin - no different to human toenails!
South Africa is home to the little-known Temminck’s ground pangolin. To cope with the rising number of pangolins being seized in the Lowveld, Rhino Revolution has formed an alliance with the African Pangolin Working Group to provide a rehabilitation service and centre for these rescued pangolins.
Rhino Revolution is now caring for pangolins seized from the illegal wildlife trade by Hemmersbach Rhino Force. The pangolins are arriving severely compromised – very stressed, badly malnourished and dehydrated.
Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre is a non-profit rehabilitation facility situated in Limpopo, South Africa. They are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of local wildlife that have been orphaned, injured, displaced, or confiscated from illegal trade.
17 Safari Junction, Hoedspruit, Limpopo