"After a two-week chase through Lopé-Okanda national park, a mosaic of
rainforest and savannah in central Gabon, David Lehmann and his Wildlife
Capture Unit were celebrating – they had caught a giant pangolin
nicknamed Ghost, the biggest on record.
The team – consisting of eco-guards, an indigenous tracker, a field
biologist and a wildlife vet – hope that Ghost, who weighs 38kg and
measures 1.72m from nose to tail, will give valuable insights in their
fight against poaching.
A nocturnal lifestyle and the fact that it feels most at home in a
complex system of deep inaccessible burrows makes the giant ground
pangolin – Smutsia gigantea – one of the least researched species in the
Via Glyn Moody, who wrote "they certainly deserve a break…"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics