Pangolins take centre stage

Namibia is host to only one of four pangolin species in Africa and one of eight in the world.

19 November 2018 | Environment

The pangolin, also known as the scaly anteater, is the world's most trafficked wild animal. Its body parts are sold in Asia – mainly China and Vietnam – as a delicacy and are used for their mythical healing properties.

In light of this, the Scientific Society in conjunction with the Namibian Chamber of the Environment, hosts a public talk on this small animal on Wednesday (21 November).

Illegal trade and trafficking is currently the main risk to their survival. They occur naturally at low density and are also impacted by loss of habitat in some areas, electric fencing and the use of pesticides.



Ecological

Pangolins provide important ecological services from which people benefit, and so should be vigorously protected. Enormous consignments, up to 23 tons, of whole frozen pangolins, skins and scales were uncovered in a number of incidents in Asia in recent years.

Organisations such as Save Pangolins and IUCN's Pangolin Specialist Group are doing what they can to increase laws to protect their natural habitats and reduce poaching.

Learn more about this special animal and the pro-active approach Namibia takes when the NCE's Dr Chris Brown brings us up to date with the current situation.

Also in attendance is award-winning talk show host, Kirsty Watermeyer. One of the programmes she produces and presents is a weekly environmentally focussed show that has twice hosted Brown.

The talk takes place at the Scientific Society at 19:30.

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