Photo Credit: Jed Vaughan

A sickly male pangolin rescued from poachers has been taken to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital’s secret pangolin centre, where they are helping it forage for food while doing life-saving treatment.


Undisclosed Location, South Africa (07 March 2022) – The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital (JWVH) has become a leading expert in Pangolin medical treatment. However, 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 JWVH is currently the only facility mandated by the South African government to treat and rehabilitate pangolins confiscated in South Africa by the SAPS and conservation law enforcement officers on a long-term basis.

Earlier this year, the veterinary hospital received a massive investment into the work they do. As a result, they opened the first-ever dedicated Pangolin Veterinary Ward with thanks to Investec.

The medical staff stresses the message that all pangolin patients are housed off-site at an undisclosed location to protect them and all the medical staff. Due to the animals being in high demand, they cannot risk anyone knowing where they are being treated.

That being said, they always share news about their latest patients to help raise awareness about the pangolin’s plight.

“We admitted another male Temminck’s pangolin that had been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Following the retrieval of the pangolin by African Pangolin Working Group, Limpopo SAPS Endangered Species Unit and Welgevonden Animal Protection Unit, the patient was transported via Pangolin K9 to our off-site facility.

Blood tests revealed a number of serious health issues, all attributed to the stress, dehydration and starvation he suffered while with his poachers. He is foraging reasonably well, but his prognosis is guarded. We are doing everything in our power to get him back to health.”

There are several ways that people can help. JWVH 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 via direct bank transfer, see their banking details below.

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

Or via SnapScan:

Photo Credit: Jed Vaughan

Sources: Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital
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