Caring for Pangolins

In addition to caring for rhino, Rhino Revolution also provide a rehabilitation service and centre for rescued pangolins.

Pangolins are the world’s most illegally trafficked animal – poached for both traditional African medicines, known as muthi, as well as rapidly escalating demand by Asian markets for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Pangolin scales and rhino horn are both made of keratin - the same as human toenails.

South Africa is home to the little-known Temminck’s Ground Pangolin. Sadly more and more of these are being confiscated by SAPS (South African Police Services) and anti-poaching units, having being held illegally in captivity.

We are now caring for and rehabilitating pangolins rescued from the illegal poaching trade – to release them back into the wild.

They are arriving severely compromised – very stressed, badly malnourished and dehydrated. The recued pangolin require round the clock, 24/7 medical care and support. The pangolin are having to be fed with a supplementary protein feed, via a feeding tube, to try and improve their nutrition.

At night, if well enough, the pangolin are “walked” in the bush for them to find their own food supply of ants, to encourage natural feeding behaviours and dietary intake as soon as possible. Walking in the bush can take many hours every night.


Our veterinary and husbandry costs are escalating!


Please help us raise funds.

This is a unique opportunity to help with the hands-on protection and conservation of one of Africa’s most endangered and illegally poached species.


If you live in the UK or Middle East you can donate via Just Giving

For South Africa or the rest of the world, you can donate via Given Gain


Watch as a pangolin, rescued from poachers and brought in by the Hemmersbach Anti Poaching Unit, is examined on arrival and treated for a snare wound by veterinary staff.