2 Sep, 2016 in Pangolin Blog tagged #Africa / #AZA / #China / #Conservation / #Disgusting / #DNA / #Endangered / #Extinction / #HongKong / #Illegal / #Pangolin / #soimg.org / #Pangolins / #Smuggling / #Threatened / #Traffic / #WestAfrica / #Wildlife by Pangolin Conservation

For the previous 24 hrs, I’ve had actually this song on repeat. “I am a human being, capable of doing beautiful things.”, proceeds to pierce my ears while I write this. The follow up lyrics, “There’s lightning striking all over the world.”, is just a reminder of why I have to have actually those first lyrics recurring.

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When you work-related in the field of conservation, self-doubt is regular. Self-doubt appears when you’re struck by completing interests, questioning your exceptionally objective. Self-doubt about if you have the right to be successful in the direction of your purposes once so a lot is stacked against you. Self-doubt when it feels that even when you are relocating forward, you have actually brand also brand-new obstacles weighing you down. These points save your eyes open up at night, and also once closed, your mind endlessly energetic. You dream of remedies. You have actually nightmares around being at the edge of a cliff and seeing what you desire on the other side of the valley. You know what it means if you fail. A species is shed forever. Instead of being the hero, you ended up being a villain who didn’t work tough sufficient.


The critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua deoori). While Pangolin Conservation concentrates on pangolins, it is a crucial job to save this species by our parent organization, Zoological Conservation.

Starting off this week we got great news. Our proposals to work-related via the zoology staff of the College of Lomé on 2 species, the White-bellied tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) and also the Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi) was commonly taken on. We acquired to even accomplish among our grad students that we’ll be capital in these tasks.

Starting in 2017, we’re conducting an extensive pangolin habitat and population survey, that will be updated 3 times a year, for the following 3 years. In enhancement, we’re placing boots on the ground, MONTHLY, to survey the pangolin trade in villeras throughout the region.

Some of the concerns our study on pangolins:

How many type of pangolins are current in Western Togo?What time of day and just how many kind of hrs are pangolins active?What is the variety of male and also female pangolins in the wild?Specimens that are discovered in modified habitats, are they long-term residents or current recruits from adjoining forest?What is the approximate monthly profession in pangolins in the Plateaux area of Togo?What are the seasonal alters in trade? Is profession increasing? Is it sustainable based on our organic knowledge of the species?What is the best habitat to safeguard to secure pangolin populations?What traits perform villeras have that trade in higher and lesser quantities of pangolins?What various other animals are present in pangolin habitats?

In enhancement, our research on the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi) will be going forward. We’ll be utilizing eDNA to uncover additional “hidden” populations of this species, and then an extensive ex-situ and in-situ conservation project will certainly evolve about those outcomes. This species was previously presumed to be taken into consideration extinct! We can’t let it fulfill that storied fate.

A mom nursing her 2 day old baby, uncovered being transported in a plastic bag on the method to Chinese customers in the Togolese resources of Lomé.

Now for the bad news. The points I’m having actually nightmares around.

A profession in the Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi) has actually sprung up to supply foreign consumers as a dietary delicacy in Lomé, the capital city of Lomé. This is DEVASTATING! Organized repertoire of this species in the time of just a couple of nights have the right to wipe out entire populaces to a suggest they will certainly not be able to recover! I’m crushed, simply beat-dvery own through this understanding. That feeling as soon as you let it sink in, I’m experiencing it. This is feeling helpmuch less.

Pangolins…..yes, pangolins. It appears I never get to hear excellent news. Just yesterday, I was told by among my “ears on the ground” that Chinese national has been visiting villages throughout Togo and also asking for pangolins. He has actually been creating a new netjob-related on contacts to supply him. For years, the big range profession in pangolins has remained dormant after the last individual who obtained them in mass got caught. Let that set in. The only hope is to minimize this trade and shut it down, before pangolin in Togo end up being as scarce as they are in Asia. Now, many kind of people say INCREASE REGULATIONS! Well, world are not following them now. That’s just an extremely tiny part of the soultion. To soptimal this profession we need to reach out to neighborhood areas that are providing them. Soptimal it at the resource. 


The writer got stuck in a storm in the industry. A family was nice sufficient to let me take sanctuary under their fruit stand also. Then commenced 3 hours of playing games through the youngsters on my phone while they asked me around my life. Lots of laughter commenced, as the human being right here are joyous.

Why have to we remajor hopeful? Simple, bereason we are all human. We all make mistakes, however, “I am a huguy being, capable of doing beautiful points.” Please, take into consideration donating to aid us carry out those beautiful things. The two programs over will expense us close to $60,000 USD a year, and also a dollar donated helps us reach our objectives. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

Even if you have the right to not donate at this time, please sign up for our newsletter or even send some friendly words of encouragement through our “Contact Us” create. A few type words have the right to lift a hefty soul up in these troubling times.

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ALL donations directly assistance our work, including our programs in West Africa to research and reduce the profession. West Africa is currently becoming ground zero, and we’re here to keep these pets from going extinct! We’re a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charitable organization situated in the USA. Our taxation EIN is 47-4093670 and our tax-exempt standing deserve to be verified with the IRS by searching for our parent organization (Zoological Conservation) using our EIN number. We run under the dba Pangolin Conservation. Our staff is unphelp and also eincredibly donation goes to totally fund our conservation, study, and educational tasks.

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