In follow up to the article that I posted earlier this year: Pangolins in Peril. Rehabilitation after being seized from poachers, I’d like to share the official trailer for Eye of the Pangolin, the story of two men on a mission to share the wonder of all four species of African pangolin on camera for the first time ever.
From the co-director of Blood Lions, this powerful documentary brings us the story of two men as they travel the continent to learn more about those caring for and studying pangolins. Captivated by these strange, secretive creatures they document the race to save them from being poached to extinction. Filmed on location in South Africa, Ghana, Central African Republic and Ghana, Eye of the Pangolin has been made freely available as an open source film, accessible for viewing around the world via numerous online platforms. The film will also be taken to wildlife and conservation film festivals. Watch it here.
Pangolin.Africa is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of the most highly trafficked wildlife species on the continent: the African Pangolin. Through a three-pronged approach of Publicity, Participation and Protection, the organisation is working with partners in the tourism, conservation and corporate fields to increase general awareness of the species; contribute towards much-needed research, and support law enforcement in combating the illegal wildlife trade that is threatening the survival of this species. For more information visit www.pangolin.africa and follow their progress on social media.
Pangolin.Africa’s participation in the production of the film aligns strongly with one of the primary aims of the NGO which is to highlight the plight of the four African pangolin species. To ensure the greatest impact of the film the organisation will be translating Eye of the Pangolin into a number of African languages and will take the film to rural schools and other educational establishments in high poaching areas across the continent through an intensive screening campaign.
The situation facing the African pangolin has reached a tipping point. Growing demand for their scales and meat used in Traditional Chinese Medicine is fuelling the horrific poaching and illegal trade that is pushing this species to the edge of extinction. In April 2019 alone, two separate seizures by Singaporean customs officials resulted in more than 24 tonnes of pangolin scales being confiscated. This equates to approximately 69,000 pangolins.
The producers of Eye of the Pangolin believe that if people come to know the pangolin they will care enough to help put an end to this wildlife crime before this species disappears in our lifetime. In addition to creating widespread awareness of the species, the film will also serve as a free online tool for education in schools, wildlife colleges and environmental law enforcement agencies.
“We are excited about the incredible potential the film has to tell people about pangolins and the urgent need to work together to save them. We are confident that embracing modern and freely available distribution channels is the most effective approach to help us quickly gain ground in the fight to save a species,” says Jermyn.
*** Production of Eye of the Pangolin film has been made possible with generous support from WildAid, The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, Foundation Marchig, Tanglewood Foundation, Biggestleaf Travel and Pangolin Photo Safaris.
*** Image credited to Conservation Action Trust.