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When we started Pangolin Photo Safaris many people we first told the name to warned us against it saying that the vast majority of people have no idea what a pangolin is so the name would mean nothing to them.

Obviously we disagreed and we went with Pangolin Photo Safaris and for three very good reasons:

  1. The pangolin is most probably one of the most difficult animals to see and certainly photograph and as wildlife photographers we love a challenge don’t we?
  2. As part of our safari offering and guiding we love to teach people about animals and birds that might normally not know about and never think to photograph… so why not start on that from the first moment they encounter our company!
  3. Last and by no means least the pangolin’s ability to roll itself into a protective ball with its scales interlocking looks…with a little imagination…similar to the aperture of a camera. So that was the logo taken care of!

Since we started a few years ago the pangolin populations of Africa have been declining at an alarming rate and we are fortunate now as a business to be able to dedicate some resources to help slow and who knows even stop this creature from going the way of the Dodo.

We approached The Endangered Wildlife Trust this year and were directed to Adam Pires from the Wildlife in Trade project who told us that he had a plan to investigate the trade routes of pangolins (both dead and alive) and a comprehensive study of these paths was going to be the first step to educating, preventing and perhaps prosecuting the people driving this species to extinction.


Here is what they have planned and what Adam at EWT had to say:

“The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) together with Pangolin Photo Safaris recognize the seriousness of the illegal pangolin trade and have partnered to deliver on an innovative project that will attempt to uncover what little is known behind the illegal pangolin trade.

This project will attempt to quantify the size of the pangolin trade from source to domestic markets and alert officials to trade routes and modes operandi of traffickers. The project has two goals, first ascertain the scale of the trade and then attempt to disrupt the illegal trade. The project aims to start in South Africa but with the potential to expand to international pangolin consumer states.”


Pangolin photo safaris has committed to fund this project and we need your help and support.

Rather than ask for donations we are going to raise the money by doing what we do best….taking you on safari!

Following on from our first hugely successful first Photo Festival in May in Madikwe (aptly named MaYdikwe) we have decided to do three more in 2017 and all the profits will go towards supporting the project outlined by Adam above. All the lodges and suppliers involved have given us once of low rates to help maximise the amount we can raise.

We have a target to raise of R250,000 to fund this amazing project and we believe it is achievable! Each person attending each of the festivals will be donating R5000, included in the price of the safari, to the cause! If we fill the festivals we will have funded the investigation.

We will hold festivals in Chobe, Sabi Sands and Madikwe hosted by top wildlife photographers that you will get to photograph with and learn from, during the safari. All of these pro guides have themselves donated their time and guiding fees to the fund as well!

The festivals are a coming together of like-minded people who share a passion for wildlife photography and who would like to do something to give back to nature. We know that most people reading this maybe lucky enough to do several trips to the bush every year and we hope that one or two of them could be to a Pangolin Photo Festival to raise some money, have some fun, learn new skills and get some great shots guided by some of the best photo guides in the business.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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