Alongside the pangolin art awareness campaign running alongside One More Generation I have been developing a 4 hour education plan to make the final art installation more meaningful and is specifically for use in range countries. The idea is that it covers the topics of biology/ecology, maths, literacy and art, the resources are provided for local NGOs to adapt the program as they feel would suit the area they work in and are free to implement it.
An outline of the lessons objectives and activities are outlined below and all the resources are prepared reading for printing. There is a detailed plan available of how the each lesson runs.
· Identify morphological features of the pangolin.
· Illustrate how the pangolin is adapted to its environment.
· Describe why a pangolin is important to have in our forests.
|Quiz – basic facts.
Card sort – adaptation to its use. Match feature to adaptation.
Write a letter describe what the forest is like now all the pangolins have been poached.
|Videos and photographs.
Booklet to be used for the whole workshop.
Clues for the quiz.
· Interpret facts about pangolin poaching from Nepal.
· Design a pictograph using pangolin stamps.
Creating a graph(s)
|Rulers and pencils.
Compasses and protractors.
Pangolin stamps and ink pads.
· Identify what is good about a children’s book.
· Recall the English for important key words.
· Write a short story/paragraph about a pangolin on an adventure somewhere in Nepal.
|Reading the story.
Flash cards of key words. See if they can remember the English words. Play a game with words and actions.
Writing a story.
|Copies of the book both A Pangolin Tale.
· Identify the countries that pangolin are found in.
· Illustrate your protection to the plight of the pangolin by designing a scale.
|Colour in a map of range countries and match flags.
Design and paint their scale.
|Pencils, paints, water pots and paint brushes
Print out of scales.
Maps with named countries.
The resources can be translated into the native language or a key word list can be provided to enable to students to work independently. Each student takes a workbook home with them, as a means to share knowledge with their family and increasing the impact of the whole event.
If your organisation is interested in running the workshop please contact me and we can workout costs and funding. Also, if anyone wishes to fund or contribute to the printing of resources please also feel free to contact me.
The plan starts with a test phase in the UK, where it will be determined if there is a significant difference between the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in captive and wild scat samples and those from an artificial captive diet and a more natural captive diet. This will then be used to determine if captive scat can be used to train dogs to successfully find wild scat in the forest.
Following on from that dog will be sourced from the UK where it will be partly trained with the samples before being transferred over to Singapore where an individual will be selected and trained to work with the dog and where field testing will occur.
The diet change of the captive pangolins at Singapore Night Safari was successfully completed and samples from captive animals were collected from the beginning of October 2016. This means we have samples of captive scat on two different diets.
A local UK zoo, Colchester Zoo, has formally agreed to supply discrimination scat from their captive ant eater as the diet it is provided is similar to the artificial diet used by institutions housing pangolin.
We now await our final two wild scat samples that are being collected with the help of Wildlife Reserves themselves and Acres.
In July experts working in range countries of the Sunda pangolin descended on Wildlife Reserves Singapore to follow a structured workshop to come up with regional action plan.
It was the first time experts had gathered together in 4 years and there were definitely some familiar faces.
Creating an action plan can feel like a daunting task for a species classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. The first step was to prioritise, identifying the biggest threats and what directly influences them.
From there is then became an easier to topic to tackle. Splitting into working groups depending on your area of experience participants were tasked with defining objectives and actions for their area. The idea being that these make actions clearer and form a set of steps that can be followed and adapted in the range country people are working.
As part of the working group defining actions and objectives on how to engage and work with local communities, we were particularly keen to not make specific recommendations as such, but produce a series of steps that could be followed to help people decided what actions would be appropriate to take in that area, with that community. This was an attempt to accommodate the wide variety in community attitudes across range countries.
The whole action plan should be completed by September outlining release and rehabilitation protocols; working with local communities; CITES and law enforcement; and demand reduction.
Last weekend was spent at Mkhuze Game Reserve on a Traditional Leaders’weekend with the KwaJobe Community organised by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlfe and Project Rhino with the idea of engaging the community, primarily in the protection of the rhino species in the park. Communities have always found themselves disconnected from happenings in the park and yet with tourism to game reserves representing a high proportion of economic income to the park it is imperative to demonstrate how local communities and reserves can work together so the benefits are seen by all stakeholders.
As the reserve falls just on the most southern end of the range of the Cape pangolin, Smutsia temminckii, it was a great opportunity to share knowledge about the plight of the pangolin so curb the risk of losing it before some people even know what it is.
Representatives from NGOs Project Rhino, Wildlife Act, WildLands, Phinda Game Reserves and Panthera where all present alongside 20 local community leaders.
Due to its solitary nature, the pangolin runs the risk of becoming extinct before people even realise. The aim of the talk was to introduce the species to local leaders, highlight the plight that they face and why they are important in the ecosystem. Much of the information gathered about the pangolin across the range of all 8 species comes from local communities regarding sightings, uses and potential declines. To date, there is little information from Zulu communities, with even the local name remaining unknown, this weekend represented another opportunity to gather this type of information from community leaders.
From this event we began to gather information about recent and historical sightings, although many of the leaders had no idea what a pangolin was. We gave out postcards as a sign of good luck, as in many cultures that’s exactly what the pangolin represented, which is why they were hadn’t to tribal leaders.
The hope is that this will initiate information sharing between the local community, the park and local NGOs and that, with the help of Rhino Art, we can launch the One More Generation pangolin art campaign to engage local children to protect the pangolin.
One primary school in New York was feeling particularly inspired after seeing the Reddit AMA on World Pangolin Day. The primary school students decided to write their own questions that would be posed to me over Skype. Including questions about how long pangolin’s tongue is and what animals are they closely related to.
The students enjoyed the Skype so much they sent me both a thank you card and found out more by reading the book.
Even more than that, they are now building pangolins out of recycled material as part of their innovation day!
Wonderful to see how inspired they are about this animal!
Photo provided by OneMoreGeneration.org
Hey, everyone! It’s Olivia from OMG here.
This month I have the pleasure of introducing everyone to one of my favorite animals in the world—the pangolin. Yes, I spelled it correctly, and I did not say penguin! I am talking about pangolins, which surprisingly and sadly are now considered the most poached and trafficked mammal on the planet—and most people don’t even know what they are.
My brother and I saw our first pangolin in Vietnam a few years ago. Since then, we have been reaching out to pangolin experts and working on creating a campaign that will help raise awareness about the species.
Louise Fletcher workw with pangolin poachers in an effort to get their support to save pangolins instead of killing them. Picture provided by Louise Fletcher
Louise Fletcher is a well-respected pangolin expert and an accomplished artist. She lives in the UK…
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This week, myself and One More Generation have been launching our Pangolin Awareness Campaign. Today we were invited to present to the students at the JC Booth Middle School in Peachtree City GA. Where Mrs Julie Barry invited us to share our latest animal conservation initiative.
We had the pleasure of presenting to four of Mrs. Barry’s classes today and the students were just fantastic. Each class consisted of about 20 to 30 students and I tasked each one to come up with solutions to the various threats facing pangolins.
Later on this evening we had the privilege of meeting students at the SKA Academy.
For this project, interested students will be drawing on a cut out paper scale to put on a painted Pangolin banner. The project will be done in class with the help of SKA teachers with students who participate in this project receiving hours for the Presidential Service Award. This school is renowned for its talented students and we are looking forward to seeing what they design.
Earlier on in the week we ventured to New York, where students at Hewitt Academy began designing scales for a banner that will be presented at the UN on World Wildlife Day. They also had a story writing element where they had to place their pangolin somewhere in New York city and introduce a fact to the reader about the pangolin that they had learnt throughout the workshop. These strong dynamic girls are looking to deliver the workshop to other years in the school and share what they have learnt about pangolin conservation.
This means that we now total 5 banners in total, including 2 we did at Northwood Academy and Woodward Academy in GA. Northwood Academy’s Kindergarten and K4 produced some wonderful pieces and found out about the pangolin by reading A Pangolin Tale
While those at Woodward Academy also had to incorporate range flags and facts into their designs to add another educational element to the installation.