The pangolins are in trouble and two South African filmmakers, Bruce Young and Johan Vermeulen have made it their mission to make us understand why.
Eye of the Pangolin – a 45 minute documentary which premiered on Endangered Species Day (May 17) – is now available for streaming, for free, via the Pangolin.Africa website and YouTube channel.
The wildlife documentary sees Young and Vermeulen travel the continent to find the four different species of the elusive African pangolin, the most trafficked mammal on earth. The two believe that awareness us the only way to save the pangolin from annihilation.
Due to an increasingly insatiable market in Asia, the pangolins in that region have almost entirely disappeared, as they continue to be poached and become part of the illegal wildlife trade. Traditional Chinese medicine places great value on the supposed healing powers of pangolin scales and their meat is considered a dining delicacy.
We chatted to Young to find out more about the crisis.
Why did you chose the Pangolins?