April was a very busy month for our Wildlife Orphan Rescue team. Not only have they been continuing to care for the large number of animals who live permanently at the sanctuary, but they have also been driving ahead with some fantastic releases of African wildlife assisted by our volunteers.
The project aims to release animals wherever possible, and this month volunteers were privileged enough to help release this endangered pangolin. Unknown to many, this is the most trafficked animal on earth, its scales incorrectly believed to cure illnesses ranging from cancer to asthma, and their meat is considered a delicacy in some Asian countries.
The pangolin has no teeth and can only move very slowly, relying on their scales and camouflage to protect them. Now the pangolin has been released in to a safe reserve in Zimbabwe away from human communities. Our volunteers are privileged enough to not just assist with releases, but also monitor and track released animals in the weeks after their release.
Above, Khumbu, who has worked at the project from it's inception, gets acquainted with these cute chubby new arrivals 'Petunia' and 'Primrose' who have come to us from a different sanctuary. These two sisters will spend the next few months in a semi wild environment where they will get to learn all their natural skills needed leading up to their release, under the watchful eye of their handlers. In the mean time our volunteers are enjoying caring for these very entertaining ladies!
Last but not least, it has been a busy season for baby vervet and baboon monkeys coming in to the sanctuary. These youngsters have had a tough start, their parents killed by dogs, poachers and snares. Despite this they now have a 2nd chance at life in our caring hands. Raising primates is a huge commitment and takes serious dedication. From emotional to physical rehabilitation, this has become a big part of volunteer life. If you think you can help with this work, do check out our page https://www.worldwidevets.com/wildlife-orphan-rescue
For now, we want to say a massive thank you to last months volunteers and all the staff and supporters who allow the sanctuary to run day in and day out. You are true wildlife warriors!