When they are seized from poachers, they are severely compromised – very stressed, badly malnourished and dehydrated. The rescued pangolin require round the clock, 24/7 medical care and support. The pangolin are fed with a supplementary protein feed, via a feeding tube, to try and improve their nutrition.
At night, if well enough, the pangolin are “walked” in the bush for them to find their own food supply of ants, to encourage natural feeding behaviours and dietary intake as soon as possible. Walking in the bush can take many hours every night.