Eye of the Pangolin: The Search for an Animal on the Edge
Have you ever heard of the pangolin? Many people haven’t.
These curious little creatures are small, secretive mammals covered in overlapping, horny scales found in Africa and Asia. They are one of the most elusive and rarely seen animals on the planet!
Unfortunately, they are also one of the world’s most trafficked mammals with conservationists estimating that one pangolin is poached from the wild every five minutes. This is due to a demanding market in Asia where traditional medicine places great value in the supposed healing powers of pangolin scales.
In an effort to raise awareness to the plight of the pangolin, Pangolin.Africa teamed up with award-winning South African filmmakers Bruce Young and Johan Vermeulen in create and produce Eye of the Pangolin. This film followed the two men on their journey to film all four species of African pangolin on film for the first time - an impressive task considering how shy these animals are! The central aim is to raise awareness about the critical situation facing the pangolins which are at risk of being poached to extinction, as the team behind the film believes this to be one of the best ways to help save the pangolin.
With the goal of making Eye of the Pangolin the most widely watched documentary ever, the film is open-source and free to watch via the Pangolin.Africa website, allowing it to reach the largest audience possible, “So many people don’t even know what a pangolin is. If people take a look at the wild world around them and reassess their relationship with it and its wildlife, then there’s a chance we’ll save these mystical creatures. We are asking people to share this link with everyone so that we can hopefully reach a global audience of millions,” shared filmmaker Bruce Young.
Watch the film below and help save the pangolin by checking out a range of conservation initiavites - you can get involved here.
Images and video courtesy of Pangolin.Africa.