Wildlife Alliance (Cambodia)
|Sunda Pangolins are classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species™ (version 2022-1)|
Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) – Critically Endangered *
- Sunda Pangolins can be found in the forests and plantations of South East Asia.
- A pangolin’s entire body from head to tip of tail is mainly covered in thick scales of keratin; the substance human hair and fingernails are made of. Their undersides are covered with a few sparse hairs.
- Sunda pangolins have a few differences from their Asian cousins; they have fewer rows of scales on their backs, longer tails, and shorter forelimb claws.
- They are more likely to climb trees to reach ant nests, using their prehensile tails to cling to branches.
- They are nocturnal and during the day, they sleep in tree hollows or burrows.
- Like an anteater, a pangolin uses its strong front claws to tear into termite and ant mounds, as well as for pulling bark off trees and logs to find their insect prey, then sticks its nose in and grabs the insects with its long sticky tongue.
About Wildlife Alliance (Cambodia)
Wildlife Alliance offers direct protection to forests and wildlife through cutting edge conservation programs. These include programs to protect the Critically Endangered Sunda Pangolin, which is being poached and eaten to extinction.
Since 2001, Wildlife Alliance has rescued and released hundreds of Sunda pangolins back into the wild. We have a number of programs to protect these precious scaly mammals:
Cardamom Forest Protection Program (CFPP)
- The Cardamoms is one of the largest unfragmented rainforests in Southeast Asia, which 54+ threatened species call home, including Sunda Pangolins. Like other animals, they face lethal threats- snares set by poachers. Our rangers patrol the forest, removing snares and rescuing pangolins.
Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT)
- Cambodia is increasingly recognised as a hub for the illegal wildlife trade, as both a marketplace and transit site. Our WRRT stands ready to stop this trade in its tracks: they are the only unit in the country with the power to apprehend traders and rescue wildlife, including Sunda Pangolins.
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (PTWRC)
- Not all pangolins rescued by our CFPP rangers and WRRT team can be safely released right away – that’s where PTWRC comes in. Here, pangolins rehabilitate in optimal conditions, receiving species appropriate care until their day of release at…
Wildlife Release Station (WRS)
- Nestled deep inside lush protected forest in the Cardamoms, WRS is the site of our Sunda Pangolin release program. Released animals are tagged with a transmitter so that we can monitor their adjustment to their new wild home!
[* current IUCN Red List Category]
(photos by Wildlife Alliance, Jeremy Holden and Joshua Prieto)
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