Photo Credit: Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital

Last month an Uber driver was hailed a hero for stopping at a roadblock to help save a pangolin from being trafficked; that pangolin is now called Bramley and has been returned to the wild.


South Africa (14 September 2023) – In late August an Uber driver collected a group in Sandton and when he noticed the bag they had moving, he knew something was wrong. As the city was filled with roadblocks, he drove straight into one and alerted the officer that he needed help. When they opened the bag, they found a pangolin!

Since the story was shared, so many good things have happened! The pangolin, which was found to be pregnant, has made a recovery from her ordeal, been named Bramley and has made her way back to the wild where she belongs.

This story has a happy ending because of one man’s commitment to doing the right thing despite the danger he faced! To date, the Uber driver remains anonymous, but his actions will be celebrated with every milestone Bramley accomplishes in life. When her baby is born, every day it grows stronger, when it makes its own voyage to adulthood, finding a mate and then starting the cycle all over again. That Uber driver is responsible for the next generation of pangolins in Bramley’s family tree.

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital connected with the Zululand Conservation Trust to give Bramley a safe, new home. The Bateleurs volunteered to fly her from her undisclosed location to her new life in KZN.

“This lovely pangolin spent some time at our undisclosed location recovering from the time spent in the trade, and was treated for dehydration and malnutrition, and walked daily by our dedicated pangolin walkers. After securing a release site with Zululand Conservation Trust, the Bateleurs volunteered to fly this pregnant mom to her new home! Massive thank you to the Bateleurs (and pilot Francois du Plessis) for their commitment to assisting wildlife in need, and for helping Bramley get to her new home safely.

Thank you to EVERYONE who played a part in Bramley’s story. We wish her well, and we’re so glad that she gets to have her pup in the wild.”

This story has a very happy ending. Many pangolins can also have this chance thanks to the dedicated team at the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital. They treat indigenous wildlife free of charge and pangolins are vital to protect.

In 2022, 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 at an undisclosed location.

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 the animals are being treated.

There are several ways that people can help in these efforts. JWVH accepts donations here or you can 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:
Or via PayPal:

Sources: JWVH
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