sunda pangolins

LEAP has long been concerned about the loss of Sabah’s biodiversity and has supported initiatives to conserve threatened and endangered species such as the Critically Endangered Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica). 

 

In 2014 LEAP helped initiate the Pangolin Conservation Working Group comprising NGOs and relevant government departments and in September 2017 the Sunda Pangolin was upgraded to a Totally Protected species under Schedule 1 of the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997.

LEAP has also supported the work of local pangolin researcher Elisa Panjang (see here) through input into the design and distribution of pangolin conservation awareness materials such as posters and the sharing of news articles in the press.  And to help promote World Pangolin Day on 15th February 2020, LEAP worked with Elisa to highlight the plight of pangolins during its "Ketamu 4 Pangolins" event, a market showcasing local sustainable products and initiatives. Elisa and Sabah Wildlife Department carried out educational activities with local students and engaged with the public through a stall with pangolin information and awareness materials.  

Over recent years dialogues with stakeholders have revealed a need for enhanced veterinary and husbandry practices for confiscated and rescued pangolins including establishing a permanent centre for Sunda Pangolins in Sabah, and increased research and conservation as well as fundraising, education and awareness and enforcement.

Together with Elisa Panjang, and working closely with Sabah wildlife Department, LEAP is also embarking on a new project called the ‘Pangolin Rescue, Rehabilitation & Release (3R) Programme’ which aims to gather expertise and agree protocols for Pangolin Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release manuals/Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs); establish capacity to actually implement rescue, rehabilitation and release of pangolins at facilities in Sabah through the acquisition of equipment and training of staff ; and build public support for pangolin conservation through continued advocacy and outreach. 

 

While awareness may be slowly increasing about the plight of the pangolin, this is matched by a seemingly undiminished demand for pangolin meat and scales, both domestically and internationally, and with the emergence of zoonotic diseases such as COVID -19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the need to stop wildlife trade has never been greater.

LEAP will continue working with relevant stakeholders, including local communities, to secure a future for this wonderful but threatened mammal and its habitats.

Sabah's pangolins received a boost on 24th August when vets and rangers from Sabah Wildlife Department @5rhidupanliar and the @Wildlife Rescue Unit attended a workshop on pangolin husbandry and veterinary care, organised by LEAP in conjunction with Sabah Wildlife Department and Danau Girang Field Centre pangolin researcher Elisa Panjang, at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.
 

Also at the workshop were Dr Charlene Yeong, Senior Manager, Conservation and Wildlife Health, Research and Veterinary Department, and Mr Ade Kurniawan, Animal Care Officer and Sunda Pangolin SSMP Coordinator, from Mandai Wildlife Reserve Mandai Nature and Mandai Wildlife Group, Singapore.
 

It was a great opportunity for sharing experiences and challenges in the care and treatment of rescued and surrendered pangolins when they are brought into wildlife rescue facilities at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, as well as to learn from our Singapore guests.
 

The workshop will also form the basis of the development of improved guidelines and protocols for pangolin care in Sabah.
 

This is the second workshop under LEAP's Pangolin Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release (3R) programme with the all important workshop on pangolin release due to be held early next year.

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Group photo of participants

Ade, Dr Charlene and Dr Boon from Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, with the newly pro

Ade, Dr Charlene and Dr Boon from Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, with the newly produced 'What to do if you see a pangolin' poster

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Ade sharing about Sunda pangolin care

Group discussion on pangolin husbandry with rangers and Ade.JPG

Group discussion on pangolin husbandry with rangers and Ade

Dr Rosa from Lok Kawi Wildlife Park giving her presentation.JPG

Dr Rosa from Lok Kawi Wildlife Park giving her presentation

Dr Charlene from Singapore demonstrating pangolin care using a plush toy pangolin.jpg

Dr Charlene from Singapore demonstrating pangolin care using a plush toy pangolin

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Group discussion on pangolin veterinary care

Certificate presentation to participant Ibritinah Angkle, a veterinary nurse from Sepilok

Certificate presentation to participant Ibritinah Angkle, a veterinary nurse from Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

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