Did you know that up to 2.7 million pangolins are harvested illegally every year in central Africa? It is the most trafficked mammal on earth.
Eye of the Pangolin, a new documentary about the most trafficked mammal on earth, premiered on Endangered Species Day, 17 May. Pangolin.Africa, an NPO dedicated to the conservation of the pangolin is a major partner in the production of the documentary and they are utilising the power and popularity of YouTube to take this film to the world.
South African filmmakers, Bruce Young and Johan Vermeulen travel the continent in search for the four different species of the elusive African pangolin during this 45-minute documentary. Traditional Chinese medicine places great value on the supposed healing powers of the pangolin’s scales and their meat is also considered a delicacy. In the documentary it is noted that it takes 1900 pangolins to make one ton of scales and up to date this year alone, 23 tons have already been intercepted leaving South Africa.
Young says: “…So many people don’t even know what a pangolin is. If people take a look at the wild world around them and reassess their relationship with it and its wildlife, then there’s a chance we’ll save these mystical creatures. We are asking people to share the link with everyone they know so that we can hopefully reach a global audience of millions.”
Vermeulen adds: “The most important thing is to make the users pangolin scales realise that a pangolin scale, just like rhino horn, is nothing more than keratin.”
Those behind the project believe that awareness is the only way to save the Pangolin from annihilation and they want this documentary to become the most watched documentary ever. Challenge accepted!
Please share this link with the world, HP and let’s help them raise awareness about the pangolin.
Image credits: Johan Vermeulen