Happy World Pangolin Day! We are Louise Fletcher, pangolin researcher, and Jason Derry, professor of science communication, here to chat about the world's most trafficked animal. AMA!
Happy World Pangolin Day!
This rolly polly mammal with scales is also the world's most trafficked animal.
Louise (/u/Adelina84) worked with the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program in Vietnam for eighteen months radio tracking rehabilitated Sunda Pangolins.
I (Jason) teach and research environmental and science communication. My dissertation is on childhood agency regarding climate change.
Together we recently collaborated on a children's book to teach children about this lesser known critter in an ecologically sound, but fun and playful way. We're donating 30% of profits from the sales to pangolin conservation.
Feel free to ask us anything! About pangolins, science communication, our favorite teas, whatever!
Edit: Louise is off to do pangolin things but told me she'll be checking in throughout the day.
Edit2: I am also off to have lunch and work on a few things, but will also be checking in throughout the day. It's been great so far!
Edit3: A lot of people are asking what they can do to help. In addition to our educational book linked above, I wanted to share the following non-profit orgs Louise recommended in a comment below. They perform pangolin rescue, conservation, and education: Save Vietnam's Wildlife and Tikki Hywood Trust.
Edit4: Louise asked me to add that she's flying back to the UK now (much of this AMA was from the airport!) but that she'll answer a few more questions when she lands.
Edit5: Thanks everyone for the questions! This was a lot of fun. We are happy to see such interest in pangolins and our work!