Emergency Response Funds – Pangolins

July 1st 2020

Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital, NPO, South Africa

In response to a public call for help, we answered with a R8,487 ($500) donation. The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital is a non profit wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facility. Confiscated pangolins are among many of the species they see and care for and pangolins are within our core conservation and protection efforts. With an experienced team, they have helped set protocols of care and release alongside the African Pangolin Working Group. We are happy to be able to provide financial assistance during these difficult times.

Despite being in our own financial crisis, seeing an 80% drop in annual funds, Global Conservation Force continues to push forward where ever possible.

This donation was made possible by the merchandise purchases from our “Protect What You Love” shirt, tank, and sticker sales. We hope to be able to provide more assistance next month if we are able to maintain online merchandise sales.

Read More About Johannesburg Veterinary Hospital

“Many people would question why we need another non-profit wildlife organisation. Our Wildlife NPC is a first of its kind. It funds a wildlife veterinary hospital that exclusively treats indigenous wildlife, free of charge. The biggest difference is that we treat medium and small wildlife – most of the current NPOs fund conservation efforts focus on large wildlife i.e. rhino, elephant and lion. Smaller indigenous wildlife is often overlooked. Our hospital treats, rehabilitates and releases these animals back into the wild. 

Some of the species we treat include: bats, owls, raptors, mongoose, pangolin, meerkat, serval, genet, hedgehogs, bush babies, garden birds, water birds and otter – to name but a few.  Often these injured/compromised animals are taken to the nearest veterinary practice for treatment. Most often the veterinarian on duty does not have the expertise or the time to treat a particular species and many times these animals get inadequate care (medical, diet and husbandry). Even our 24 hour veterinary facilities are not equipped to handle wildlife as this is not their speciality. 

The few veterinarians that are able to treat wildlife do so almost always on a pro-bono basis, something that is not always viable in the current economy. We wanted a veterinary hospital that only treats wildlife – on a full time basis. All of the currently registered wildlife rehabilitation centres do not have a veterinarian on site. Our hospital has a dedicated veterinarian present on a full time basis. The rehabilitation part of the hospital is run and overseen by a wildlife rehabilitation specialist, and we regularly train final year veterinarian students as well as experienced veterinarians in our approach to the treatment and rehabilitation of indigenous wildlife.”

Link to their website >>> Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital

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