The pangolin is one of the most exploited animals in Southeast Asia, hunted to satisfy demand for wild-meat and traditional Chinese medicine.
I firmly believe that conservation needs to be viewed from a human perspective, and I enjoy investigating ways to engage local communities, build local capacity and raise awareness.
My first role with pangolins was working on the release and monitoring of trade confiscated Sunda pangolins in Vietnam, alongside a small carnivore camera-trapping project with The Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program, since then I have gone on to support the work of organisations in Brunei, Kalimantan and Sumatra. In Sumatra I am working with The Kukang Rescue Program to develop a pangolin rehabilitation centre. I have begun by conducting interviews with local villages and surveying potential release sites before building of the centre begins.
Currently I am developing a project to support the use of trained dogs in Asian pangolin conservation. Working with Singapore Zoo, Ecology Dogs UK and Enviro-Dogs UK this project will push forward many of the action points on the recently published IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group’s action plan. I hope this will enable researchers to develop a methodology for surveying and monitoring populations of this species and hopes to develop site-specific, long-term projects that create benefits to extend beyond the targeted species.
I love drawing and painting and recently realized my dream of illustrating a book about pangolins. This is an ecologically sound story, with a portion of the profits supporting NGOs working in pangolin conservation globally.