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Protect our pangolins

Please help save pangolins. They are the most trafficked mammal in the world, and unless we act now, they could disappear forever.

If you’ve seen Fauna & Flora International’s TV advert, you’ll know just how desperate the situation is. Every single day, hundreds of pangolins’ bodies are carved up for meat, and their scales are pulverised for mythical medicines. They are plummeting towards extinction.

But there is still time.

If we can act now and bring down the illegal wildlife trade in pangolins, then their numbers can still stabilise.

That’s why we’re asking for your regular donations that could help protect the pangolin. By donating just £10 per month, you could help pay for the upkeep of a motorbike, allowing FFI’s teams to move between remote villages as they support undercover operations into the trafficking networks. This will end the trade, and end the pangolin poaching.

So please, make a donation today and help save pangolins.

Pangolins: One of the world’s least known and most hunted animals | Fauna & Flora International's TV appeal

Who are FFI?

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s oldest conservation charity. Over the last 100 years, we have literally saved species from extinction and even – with the help of our vice-president, Sir David Attenborough – helped bring mountain gorillas back from the brink. We work to protect plants and animals around the globe, and spend 94% of our income on charitable activities.

That’s why we’re sure that – if everyone reading this donate just £10 per month – we could help save pangolins.

Thank you.

More info on pangolins:

Were you to follow the life of a pangolin, you’d begin life riding around the jungle clinging to your mother’s scaly tail, eating ants, climbing trees and generally keeping yourself to yourself.

When danger approached she’d wrap you under her tummy, forming a barrier impenetrable to bear claws and tiger teeth alike – a technique that’s kept pangolins alive for 80 million years – since the dinosaurs disappeared.

But from then – if you were like over 1,000,000 others in the last 20 years – you’d be headed for a whole new world of horror.

You’d enter the world of humans.

It would begin as you curled up in fear at the sound of approaching human footsteps. Exploiting your inability to fight or flee, the owner of those footsteps would pick you up, imprison you, and proceed to trade your existence to a wildlife dealer.

You’d then be frozen and shipped across the world, or be caged alive outside a restaurant ready to be slaughtered at a dinner table in front of wealthy diners hoping to impress their guests.

Your scales – just like those of the mother you clung to – would be ripped from your body, ground to a powder and uselessly consumed as a mythical medicine.

Almost every step of this obliteration of your species would be formulated and facilitated by networks of ruthless traffickers, fattening their purses at the expense of pangolin after pangolin after pangolin after pangolin.

This has to end – we must bring them down.

That’s why we’re asking you – please – donate today and help save them.

If you value the natural world – if you think it should be protected for its own sake as well as humanity’s – then please support Fauna & Flora International.
Sir David Attenborough OM FRS Vice-president and FFI member since 1959

How to help save pangolins

A monthly donation of £5
could help pay for rations for patrol teams
A monthly donation of £10
could help pay for the upkeep of a motorbike
A monthly donation of £15
could help pay for a teams accommodation in the field