Photo Credit: Lauren Beckley

Wildlife traffickers were caught with a beautiful pangolin; she was rescued and taken to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital and is now ready for the big wild world again!


Undisclosed Location, South Africa (28 April 2020) – The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital took in a pangolin after she was found in the clutches of wildlife traffickers. The veterinary hospital has become a leading expert in Pangolin medical treatment. With so many being found to have been trafficked, they have been forced to learn the best way to care for the fragile creatures.

The medical staff stress message that all pangolin patients are housed off-site at an undisclosed location for the protection of them as well as all the medical staff. Due to the animals being in high demand, they cannot risk anyone knowing where the animals are being treated.

The team have shared some very happy news regarding one of their latest rescues. She has been soft-released and is on her way back to the big wild world!

“In mid-March, this poached sub-adult female Temminck’s ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) was being trafficked in the illegal wildlife trade. She was confiscated by the South African Police Services and Environmental Investigators and brought to our hospital for veterinary treatment and rehabilitation.

Nearing her release, satellite and vhf telemetry units were attached and she entered the next phase of her rehabilitation on a secure, private game reserve. For the next few months, her weight and the successful acclimatisation to her new surroundings will be carefully monitored to ensure the success of this pangolin’s rehabilitation and release.

Our thanks go to the African Pangolin Working Group, Humane Society International – Africa, as well as Pangolin K9 who greatly assist in ensuring the success of pangolin conservation efforts in South Africa. These photos are from her date of arrival and initial examination by Dr K.

We treat indigenous animals free of charge, relying solely on the donations and support of our community.”

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital do incredible work but are always in need of public assistance! The Vet treats indigenous animals free of charge and relies solely on the donations.

They have several ways that people can help. They accept donations here or see their full wishlist here. An easy way to get involved is to also nominate them on your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet rewards card; which you can do so here. Or direct bank transfer, see their banking details below.

Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account nr: 62658400264
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

Sources: Facebook
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