Sangha Pangolin Project
The Sangha Pangolin Project is situated in an area of lowland semi-evergreen forest within the Sangha Lodge concession located in the Dzanga Sangha Protected Area. The region is home to three of the four species of Pangolins found in Africa.
· The White-bellied Pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis)
· The Black-bellied Pangolin (Phataginus tetradactyla)
· The Giant Pangolin (Smutsia gigantea)
Pangolins are believed to be the most trafficked mammals in the world. Their meat is considered a delicacy and pangolin scale are used in traditional medicine predominantly in Asian countries. All eight pangolin species are protected under international laws. But there is still a growing international illegal trade in pangolins.
The lodge has received a large number of live pangolins from the bushmeat trade, which have been rehabilitated as best as possible and soft released. Pangolins have become an urgent conservation cause for us, and we aim to protect and to increase the knowledge about them.
The Sangha Pangolin Project is officially registered as a research project within the Central African Republic.
With the generous support of private donations, a small veterinary clinic, laboratory and a pangolarium were built allowing basic animal diagnostic, care and a soft release program. The funds also allowed the employment of Ba'aka trackers from local communities to assist in the research program.