The pangolin trade has reached epidemic proportions, according to DSWF. An estimated one million pangolins were traded illegally in the last decade, and demand keeps growing: Between 2011 and 2013, an estimated 116,990 to 233,980 pangolins were killed.
But the two pangolins discovered clinging to each other have been spared this cruel fate. While they are still very weak from their ordeal, the DSWF-supported GRI Wildlife Crime Prevention Project is helping the two animals recover. When they are healthy enough, they'll be released back into the wild expanse of Kafue National Park, the largest in Zambia.