PANGOLINS .... the world's most wanted animal...
Rare and Endangered Species Trust
Allowing tourism to brush with conservation & research in order to conserve, understand and educate. Founded in 2000, REST aims to bring attention to some of the most misunderstood and endangered animals in Namibia –
The Forgotten 5:
Cape griffon vulture, Gyps coprotheres • Cape pangolin, Smutsia temminickii
Dwarf python, Python anchietae • Spotted rubber frog, Phrynomantis affinis
Damara Dik Dik, Modoqua kirkii
Pangolin Crisis & Facts
Estimated that from 2000-2013: 1 million pangolins traded on the black market. Recently, the large majority from African species
A Rhino is poached every 8 hours, and a pangolin every 5 minutes….
Elephants, rhino’s and tigers have all been held and bred successfully, but never cape pangolins
Namibia’s Cape pangolin is the only of the 8 species that can survive in arid regions
2015: IUCN declared it the “most illegally trafficked animal in the world”
2016: CITES upgrades all 8 species to Appendix I