Pangolins are currently the most illegally trafficked mammals on Earth. Our aim is to counter the wildlife trafficking of pangolins in Uganda and to improve the long-term survival of the species. By increasing engagement with the authorities and communities we aim to raise awareness of the problem and of legislation; improve knowledge of pangolin populations and trafficking routes; train law enforcement officers and develop rescue and release procedures.
Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal on Earth. The four Asian sub-species have been pushed towards extinction by the demand from Far Eastern markets for their meat and scales and traffickers are now turning their attention to Africa, home to four further pangolin sub-species. Afforded the highest protection under international law more needs to be done to enforce the law and raise awareness of the plight of this little-understood animal.
The project aims to reduce pangolin trafficking in Uganda by working closely with the authorities to establish a solid foundation of agreement and consensus on key policies and procedures for law enforcement as well as rescue and release practices. Education and awareness-raising campaigns will target communities, elders and policy-makers while improvements to the mapping and monitoring of pangolin populations will help build a clearer picture of pangolins and their habitats.
By working in partnership with the authorities and communities the project will reduce the trafficking of pangolins in and through Uganda for the improved survival of the species and protection of the country's wider bio-diversity.