Installed Infrared Cameras and Visited the Locations of the Discovery and Wild Releasing of the Pangolin | CBCGDF’s 51st Field Inspection about Pangolins
2019/8/23 14:39:00 本站

On August 15th, volunteers from China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF)’s China Conservation Area for pangolins at Ningdu (CCAfa) went to Ningdu and Yudu areas in Jiangxi Province, and returned to the place where they had discovered a pangolin and wild released it. They carried out field inspections and installed infrared cameras. In the hot summer days, the volunteers rushed through the deep woods in the mountains. The long mountain roads bring great difficulties to the inspection work. Fortunately, the volunteers found many suspected pangolin’s traces, adding some surprises to the hard-working process: for example, the pits left by pangolins, the dead wood that was eaten for food, and the faintness animals’ prints left on the trees. In addition, the volunteers also found traces of artificial excavation in a ravine. Although most locals do not know that pangolins have been found on the mountains, the traces have also aroused the volunteers’ vigilance - the poaching of the pangolins has never stopped, and the protection of the pangolin wild population has never been taken lightly.


At noon, there was a sudden rainstorm in the woods, making the difficult mountain road more rugged. Due to the difficulty of the operation, one morning passed, and only four infrared cameras were installed in the two ravines on the edge of the forest. However, the volunteers who participated in the inspection indicated that they would not give up, and then they will go to more places to conduct on-the-spot investigations.


In the afternoon, volunteers went to one side of a mountain in Luo Ao County to see if there is a habitat suitable for pangolin survival. A Chinese Pangolin was discovered there this July. They found that although there are dense needle-deciduous mixed forests on the hills, there are also large rocks and hard soil.


After leaving the mountain, the volunteers came to the Luo Ao forestry workstation to ask about the pangolin discoverer. Through the local police station, the way of the workstation was more tortuous to find the contact information of the pangolin discoverer, who is an old man. The forest station told the CBCGDF staff member that when someone was aware of the pangolin discovered in the old man’s house, he wanted to buy a high price and was rejected by the old man. The old man said that he would not sell it, and then personally sent the pangolin to the police station in the town.


On the morning of August 16, the group continued to visit the nearby forest farm. The vegetation in the forest farm is relatively dense, but unfortunately there are no valuable clues found in the morning. In the afternoon, the staff went to visit the home of the old man. He was already almost seventy years old and very enthusiastic. His understanding of pangolins is very detailed. He shared with the staff the story of the discovery and the observation of the pangolin. The small courtyard was full of laughter.

It is said that the pangolin fell off this wall.

(Photo credit: CBCGDF)

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By / Maggie