Today we celebrate #WorldPangolinDay. Pangolins, the most trafficked mammal in the world, are hunted for their scales, which are sold in the East for their alleged medicinal properties. These scaly anteaters cannot survive beyond their natural habitat and do not breed in captivity. Lost to Africa in staggering numbers, they are critically endangered.

The Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF) covers 450 000 hectares and focuses its efforts on protecting and saving endangered wildlife. Donations and funding are directed to training and up-skilling rangers who must patrol vast areas and face the dangers of fighting organised criminal poaching syndicates. If these animals are poached to extinction, Africa – and the world – will be the poorer for the loss.

Donate to protect pangolin in the Greater Kruger area by clicking here.

📷: Justin Sullivan