How did you assist staff at the center?
During my visit this past July, I represented the GHP and spent some time assisting the veterinary staff in medical care of the pangolins undergoing active treatment, exchanged medical knowledge and techniques, and ultimately offered opportunities for our teams to collaborate for the advancement of pangolin care and conservation.
While I was at the SVW, I had the opportunity to work with nearly 100 pangolins in various stages of rehabilitation. There is a magnitude of information that has been learned by the staff and international volunteers due to the volume of specimens brought to the facility; however, because downtimes are rare, it has been quite difficult to share this knowledge with the world.
The veterinary staff at SVW are quite skilled in pangolin care and management, however, with the consistent numbers of animals that arrive to the facility, time is limited to direct clinical care. By partnering SVW and GHP veterinarians, we have an opportunity to share new and known information about pangolin health to the scientific community and to the public. Armed with this knowledge, our goal is to apply these same methods across the world to protect pangolins on a global scale.