World Pangolin Day
The pangolin has received considerable attention in the media where it has been identified as the most trafficked wild animal on earth. All species of pangolin are threatened by illegal trade, which persists and is escalating. Now more than ever, we need to recognise that the preservation of our protected habitats, and of these incredible creatures, is linked directly to the success and sustainability of credible conservation-based tourism initiatives.
Tragically, little is known about this rare animal but Tswalu’s pangolin research efforts have revealed extensive movements and never before described behaviours. This research contributes to a greater understanding of the biology and habitat requirements of the ground pangolin (also known as Temminck’s pangolin or Cape pangolin, which is one of four species of pangolins which can be found in Africa), and improved understanding of the factors that limit pangolin populations globally.
The research has highlighted the need for extensive areas where pangolins can receive absolute protection and are secure from all human threats. This project is revealing new details of this endangered species’ lifestyle and biology and is illustrating how important protected areas are to their survival.
Sociable weaver nests – Kalahari icons
The Kalahari invokes many vivid images, but none more so than a silhouetted camelthorn tree complete with sociable weaver nest in a red sunset.
Sleeping under the stars at Naledi
Elevated above a valley with wraparound views, Naledi is for the true adventurer who yearns to sleep beneath the southern Kalahari’s brilliant blanket of stars in safety and seclusion.
Sustainability – the journey continues
To help Tswalu measure and assess its sustainability goals, Tswalu is working closely with sustainability expert, Julie Cheetham. This is the first of what we hope will become regular, thought-provoking contributions by Julie, tracking Tswalu’s journey towards greater sustainability.