Josephine Miller with daughters, Designer Savannah and Actress Sienna
“This is utterly shocking and positively disgusting and should be banned! No one should eat pangolins… we are horrified! Please help to get these beautiful creatures protected by law!
Extinction beckons if not”
James, Duke of Marlborough
“I’m delighted to personally support this very worthy cause, The whole natural World is in peril. We need to do whatever we can to help. The pangolins are small compared to other endangered species. We really must try to save them from extinction.“
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister
“I fully support any and every effort to save the seriously endangered pangolins.”
Addressing The Global Health Summit – 11th January 2021
“Like the original plague which struck the Greeks I seem to remember in book one of the Iliad, it is a zoonotic disease. It originates from bats or pangolins, from the demented belief that if you grind up the scales of a pangolin you will somehow become more potent or whatever it is people believe, it originates from this collision between mankind and the natural world and we’ve got to stop it.”
Lady Lucinda Lambton Writer, broadcaster
“I can say, without fear of any contradiction, that the pangolin is the most endearing creature in the whole wide world. It is also, lamentable to say, the most endangered animal living on planet Earth. How can it be that these two factors go hand? How can it possibly be? These sweetheart scaled animals pose no threat – for a start they have no teeth! – but instead will give untold pleasure to those lucky enough to experience their gentle ways first hand. They have enormously long and sticky tongues which they employ to eat their only prey, consisting of termites, larvae and other small insects. Yet, yet, yet, due to ludicrously trumped up medicinal claims, as well as a grotesquely irresponsible greed and gluttony, some 100.000 are trafficked yearly, particularly to China and Vietnam. Their scales, made of keratin – as are human finger nails – are said to stimulate lactation, as well as curing cancer and asthma. Of course, there is no scientific evidence for either.. They are also said to dissolve blood clots and promote blood circulation, which also of course, shamefully harmful rubbish. Most particularly ludicrous, is the claim that burning Pangolin’s scales is a sure fire cure to prevent people crying during the night! They are hunted and eaten in Ghana and they are on the verge of extinction in Nigeria. China is a particularly loathsome and major force, with the practice of pillaging of pangolin scales for traditional medicine. Some 195.000 of the creatures were imported for their scales alone in 2020. As if that was not enough – which it is – the deforestation of their natural habitat is also proving disastrous. Oh dear, oh dear ! The ongoing beliefs in such wicked practices continue to create and encourage pangolin poaching, hunting and trading.
Every one of us must do whatever we can to help to save this defenseless delight of an animal. We would be justly cursed with a deep and terrible guilt and shame if the pangolin should become extinct on our watch.”
David L Turock, Ph D.. Expert in Worldwide communications,American Philanthropist and conservatism.
“All life forms on our planet are inextricably linked. We humans have been granted the intelligence to be able to understand our environs much better than many of our fellow animals.
With greater intelligence comes greater responsibility for caring for those environs and the animals that inhabit it with us. Pangolins are an important part of that space and deserve our care and compassion.
Save the Pangolins.”
I had the great honour of travelling from Cape Town to Namibia in March 2020, just before COVID struck South Africa, with our beloved family friend, Diana Heimann.
The reason for our trip was to visit Namibia, experience the beauty it offers and meet two simply mind blowing Pangolins called HoneyBun and Amos as well as see other incredible wildlife whilst there.
To witness a pangolin eating, sleeping and walking around right in front of your eyes is a privilege. They are unbelievable, magnificent and majestic creations. To hold a Pangolin is an experience I will never forget. They deserve to live and be protected. Simple!
Why they are being poached is beyond comprehension – how stupid and uneducated is humanity!
Hopefully we can make right before it is too late.
Diana Heimann – Conservationist & Pragmatic Thinker
We, as a world are living through frightening times-imagine being a Pangolin? “My species have been around for about 80 million years, I’m not safe, I’m one of the most highly trafficked mammal on our planet. We don’t dig our own burrows, but make use of abandoned aardvark or porcupine burrows, we also shelter in termite caves. The poachers catch-us, it’s easy for them, as when we’re scared we just roll-up into a ball, to hide away.
It doesn’t work. If I’m in Africa, I will be chucked into nets with thousands of us, we’re not family, just part of worldwide family, that is need the other side of the world, to be sold for profit. I may end-up in China, where they consider that eating my scales will save them from many diseases, including Cancer. Or I may awake in Vietnam, where my fate is horrific, I have no choice, they remove my scales and then boil and with herbs, eat me.
So please help to save my worldwide family , our species will no longer exist in about 7 years, this saddens me. It is heartbreaking whichever way one looks at it. PLEASE HELP TO SAVE US FROM EXINCTION”
I was born and brought up on a remote upcountry farm in Kenya. Even I was little, I would give my ayah the slip and was free to roam and discover and enjoy the extraordinary variety of wildlife. Now that I’m in my seventies, I look back on an Africa which is losing that priceless legacy.
The harmless nocturnal pangolin is part of that legacy and is now the most trafficked mammal in the world. In the Tsavo Conservation Area, the largest in Kenya, there are very few left whereas before they were common. They have been taken by poachers who use the same routes for trafficking ivory and rhino horn, which get all the media attention. Nigeria, Uganda and the DRC are other sources of this illicit trade. In Nigeria alone, authorities seized over 167 tonnes of pangolin scales between 2015 and 2019. And in December last year, 6 people were arrested in the Kibera District in Kenya with 157 kilos of the scales. They denied the charges and were released on bond, which all too often happens in these cases.
According to the Environmental Investigation Agency’s “Out of Africa” report, Kenya ranks seventh on the list for pangolin trafficking in Africa, but it is also an important distribution hub for trafficking from other African countries smuggling scales to the Far East.
Like all trafficking of Africa’s animal heritage, what is happening to the three pangolin species found in Kenya is horrifying. The Authorities are doing what they can, but how many tonnes escape their efforts we will never know.
One day I really hope my grandchildren will be able to enjoy Africa’s extraordinary animals in their natural habitats, as I did. Please join with me to try and save the precious, endangered pangolin. They are truly delightful, harmless creatures.
Lord Edward Downpatrick – Conservationist & Designer
“These wonderful creatures,Sonic the Hedgehog-like when they bundle their artichoke scales into a defensive ball,need our continued support in spite of the international protections they have received.This is part of the broader struggle against the poaching of animals,especially species that risk becoming endangered around the world.We need the natural World,but it does not need us. Accordingly,she deserves a much improved approach from our own species”
Maria Diekmann Founder Of Rest, Rare & Endangered Species Trust In Namibia.
Congratulations on your new organization that plans to help Pangolins by supporting conservation, education, & research .All three avenues are vital if we as humans are going to try to save the species we have put on the brink of extinction. When you visited our rest centre in Namibia, i felt an instant bond with you & over time have enjoyed your wonderful stories & zest for life. Many will call you crazy for starting a Pangolin organisation later in life, but i promise you join great company in the crazy Pangolin community, most of us are incredibly passionate.
In fact, i will be leaving for Nigeria as soon as i can pack all the supplies needed, to go to help raise 5 infant Pangolins at the st. Marks animal hospital and shelter. I am committing at least 3 months to help these little fragile creatures become stable & if need be i will stay longer. Hopefully my experience raising cape Pangolins will benefit my Nigerian colleagues. Why am I doing this many ask? Because the Pangolins need me & that is reason enough. Wish me luck & we will definitely stay in touch.
Georgina Lamb – DSWF CEO
“We’re thrilled to have the support from our friends at savingpangolins.com. With their help, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) are raising awareness about the tragic plight facing pangolins and working hard to reduce the devastating demand from the illegal wildlife trade which is threatening the survival of these peaceful creatures.”