We have decided to close down tourism in Gorongosa National Park until further notice. We want to play our part in reducing movement and transmission of this disease that has the potential to profoundly affect the communities surrounding the Park.
Pangolins in Gorongosa
The pangolin is endangered, and is the most trafficked mammal in the world.
Our front line veterinarians nurse them to health, and let them go in the wild.
Like anteaters, pangolins have long snouts and even longer tongues, which they use to lap up ants and termites they excavate from mounds with their powerful front claws. They’re able to close their noses and ears to keep ants out when they’re eating.
Though they look and act a lot like anteaters and armadillos, pangolins are more closely related to bears, cats, and dogs.
FAQ about Pangolin
Why are Pangolins in the news these days?
The shy, harmless pangolin is becoming increasingly well known for one reason: It’s believed to be the world’s most trafficked non-human mammal. Tens of thousands of pangolins are poached every year, killed for their scales for use in traditional Chinese medicine and for their meat, a delicacy among some ultra-wealthy in China and Vietnam.
How many Pangolins have the team rescued?
We recently received our 32nd pangolin rescued from illegal traffickers this year.
#31 is a mother pangolin, #32 her baby. #31 is one-legged, looks like she lost her limb in a steel-jaw trap. She is a miracle, as counter to all we know about pangolins they are unlikely to survive in the wild with just one leg. But she did + is raising a healthy pup! After care, both mom and pup were released back in to a wild, secure home by a dedicated team.
Are Pangolins endangered?
African pangolins are included in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendix 1 (endangered) mammals list. The biggest threats facing these animals are live trafficking and poaching.
Will I see them at the Park?
Pangolins are solitary and active mostly at night, and rarely seen. But if you join us on our wildllife safaris, our experienced guides will do their best to show you the wonders of Gorongosa!
How can I help?
You can donate directly to your team – Also, you can purchase our coffee – All profits from our coffee shop are chanelled directly into Park Programs that support our conservation effots among others.
ACTIVITIES for viewing pangolin
Advance an integrated multi-partner approach to conservation and to people-centred development. The Gorongosa Project protects the Park’s biodiversity and ecosystem services and unlocks its economic potential for the community inhabitants of the Gorongosa Buffer Zone, Sofala Province, Mozambique and further afield.
A thriving, biodiversity-rich, Greater Gorongosa conservation landscape, which supports Sofala Province as an engine for resilient and sustainable development enabling nature experiences and wellbeing for its people, enriching all of Mozambique and the world.
A Park for Peace
On 1 August, 2019 a historic ceremony was held in Gorongosa to celebrate the Cessation of Hostilities Accord between the leaders of the Government of Mozambique and the opposition Renamo Party. The accord established Gorongosa National Park (GNP) as a ‘Park for Peace’, delivering human development to the communities that share the greater landscape.