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Temminck's Pangolin walking at dusk, South Africa, October 2019

There are few moments that have truly overwhelmed me and I take pride in being able to keep my emotions in check while working, but as soon as the light disappeared and it was time to let this Temminck’s Pangolin go on with its evening, I started to cry. I was so overcome with gratitude and wonder at the opportunity to see such a beautifully unique animal, one I never thought I’d have the chance to see, given its status as the most trafficked mammal on the black market, meaning all 8 species of Pangolin throughout Africa and Asia are in danger of extinction. To witness one of these gentle, docile creatures as it searches for ants and termites to eat, left me in complete awe as well as disbelief that people could be so cruel to these helpless animals.

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Temminck's Pangolin walking at dusk, South Africa, October 2019
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There are few moments that have truly overwhelmed me and I take pride in being able to keep my emotions in check while working, but as soon as the light disappeared and it was time to let this Temminck’s Pangolin go on with its evening, I started to cry. I was so overcome with gratitude and wonder at the opportunity to see such a beautifully unique animal, one I never thought I’d have the chance to see, given its status as the most trafficked mammal on the black market, meaning all 8 species of Pangolin throughout Africa and Asia are in danger of extinction. To witness one of these gentle, docile creatures as it searches for ants and termites to eat, left me in complete awe as well as disbelief that people could be so cruel to these helpless animals.