Adopt a Pangolin

A million pangolins are believed to have been illegally trafficked in the last decade and all eight species of pangolins are now threatened with extinction.

Adopt a pangolin today, and on your behalf, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) will continue to:

  • Fight for stronger protectionist policies for wildlife like pangolins.
  • Protect pangolins by supporting wildlife rangers on the ground and ensuring they have the equipment they need to prevent poaching.
  • Engage consumer countries dispelling myths about the use of pangolins scales in traditional medicines.

What’s included?

  • An adoption folder containing personalised certificate, species fact sheet, animal bio sheet and photo.
  • Wildlife Matters supporter magazine.
  • A beautiful pangolin sketch print by wildlife artist David Filer.
  • Optional unique hand knitted toy made by Little Ndaba a women’s community group in Zambia.

Adopt a pangolin now

If you would like to adopt a pangolin, you can choose a regular monthly payment or a one off payment. Both offer differing pack options such as a physical pack by post (with or without a toy) to a UK address or a digital pack via email (does not include sketch or toy) . Alternatively, if you have an existing DSWF adoption, you can renew this via a monthly payment or a one off payment.

How your adoption could help pangolins

  • Just £3 per month (or £36 per year) could equip rangers with vital equipment and skills needed to carry out anti-poaching patrols across the Greater Mara Region, Kenya.
  • Only £5 per month (or £47 per year) could engage with local government to ensure that pangolin populations in Vietnam are given the greatest protection possible.
  • £10 per month (or £60 per year) could help fight for the strongest possible laws/policies to combat the illegal trade of pangolins.

Why your adoption is so important

This enigmatic scaly ant-eating mammal has been ‘thrown onto the scales’ recently due to its links to the Covid-19 pandemic. Up until now the pangolin has been a relatively unknown species despite being the most trafficked mammal in the world.

DSWF protects pangolins across Africa and Asia by adopting a holistic approach to conservation.

Your adoption also helps us to support our ground-based conservation partners in Africa to prevent pangolin poaching by funding law enforcement efforts and keeping rangers in the field. Simultaneously, your adoption helps us fund large-scale reduction campaigns in Asia to reduce demand for pangolins scales and debunk myths around the medicinal benefits of pangolin products.

Meet our Pangolin species ambassador, Marimba

Image of our pangolin species ambassador, Marimba.
Image credit: Gareth Thomas

Marimba, is a ground pangolin from Africa, otherwise known as the Temminck’s pangolin.

He is nocturnal and has an insectivorous diet, strictly feeding on ants and termites. He can consume up to 70 million insects per year!

Marimba, like all pangolins, is covered in overlapping armour-like scales and when she is threatened, he will curl up into a protective ball using his strong keratin scales to protect himself.

By adopting Marimba, you can help DSWF put an end to the illegal wildlife trade and reduce demand for pangolins scales in Asia so that he and other ground pangolins can continue to live in their burrows in Africa.

We aim to dispatch postal orders within 7 working days of purchase. Postal orders are sent with Royal Mail standard 2nd class. Tracking is unavailable. International delivery is unavailable.