The Sunda pangolin is a scaly mammal that eats ants, lives in dense forest, and rolls into a tiny ball when scared. Sadly, the pangolin is the most trafficked animal in the world. Hunted for their meat and scales, pangolins are being eaten to extinction. In the past decade, an estimated 1 million pangolins have been trafficked.

The Sunda pangolin is a scaly mammal that eats ants, lives in dense forest, and rolls into a tiny ball when scared. Sadly, the pangolin is the most trafficked animal in the world. Hunted for their meat and scales, pangolins are being eaten to extinction. In the past decade, an estimated 1 million pangolins have been trafficked.

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Meet Raya

In September 2020, Raya was rescued from Tbong Khmom province, not far from capital Phnom Penh. A young female weighing in at only 1.5 kg, Raya was active from the get go. She spent a few days at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre while her health was assessed. Soon after, vets gave her a clean bill of health and Raya came to live at the Wildlife Release Station.

Raya settled into her new home well. Initially, keepers at the Station placed her with another older, shyer female. But little Raya was quick on her feet, and began stealing more than her fair share of the nightly ant and termite buffet! So now she’s flying solo and has adjusted well.

Why Raya? Raya gets her name from the female lead character in Disney’s recent action adventure animation ‘Raya and the Last Dragon‘. The two share many characteristics, including being headstrong, easily adaptable and playful. We hope that this scaley warrior will go on to find love at the Release Station and form a breeding pair. If Raya and one of our males hit it off, they could help repopulate Sunda Pangolins in the wild.

Pangolins hold the unenviable title of the most trafficked (non human) mammal in the world. Here in Cambodia, there is only one species of pangolin: the Sunda Pangolin. Like all Asian pangolin species, it is listed as globally Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. While the Sunda Pangolin has a large range across much of Southeast Asia, the poaching crisis is leading to their rapid decline. 

Pangolins are sought after for their scales and meat, which are prized in traditional medicine and eaten as a delicacy. 

By sponsoring Raya, you can help bring Sunda Pangolins back from the brink of extinction.

Since 2001, Wildlife Alliance has saved over 400 pangolins from the illegal wildlife trade. 

Our captive breeding and release project at the Wildlife Release Station is two-fold. Firstly, we aim to boost populations in the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape. At the same time, we aim to gain valuable insights into the breeding and husbandry of pangolins in captivity. 

In addition, we are studying suitable methods of release of both wild-born rescued and captive bred individuals, with a view to informing  IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group global release protocols.

Sponsor Raya today to: ensure she receives the best care, including plenty of ants and termites to eat; a choice of logs to sleep in; enrichment, and veterinary care as needed.  

Plus, you can follow her exciting story as a breeding female and you will be first to know if she gives birth to an adorable pangopup! 

Sponsor Raya

Meet Raya

In September 2020, Raya was rescued from Tbong Khmom province, not far from capital Phnom Penh. A young female weighing in at only 1.5 kg, Raya was active from the get go. She spent a few days at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre while her health was assessed. Soon after, vets gave her a clean bill of health and Raya came to live at the Wildlife Release Station.

Raya settled into her new home well. Initially, keepers at the Station placed her with another older, shyer female. But little Raya was quick on her feet, and began stealing more than her fair share of the nightly ant and termite buffet! So now she’s flying solo and has adjusted well.

Why Raya? Raya gets her name from the female lead character in Disney’s recent action adventure animation ‘Raya and the Last Dragon‘. The two share many characteristics, including being headstrong, easily adaptable and playful. We hope that this scaley warrior will go on to find love at the Release Station and form a breeding pair. If Raya and one of our males hit it off, they could help repopulate Sunda Pangolins in the wild.

Pangolins hold the unenviable title of the most trafficked (non human) mammal in the world. Here in Cambodia, there is only one species of pangolin: the Sunda Pangolin. Like all Asian pangolin species, it is listed as globally Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. While the Sunda Pangolin has a large range across much of Southeast Asia, the poaching crisis is leading to their rapid decline. 

Pangolins are sought after for their scales and meat, which are prized in traditional medicine and eaten as a delicacy. 

By sponsoring Raya, you can help bring Sunda Pangolins back from the brink of extinction.

Since 2001, Wildlife Alliance has saved over 400 pangolins from the illegal wildlife trade. 

Our captive breeding and release project at the Wildlife Release Station is two-fold. Firstly, we aim to boost populations in the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape. At the same time, we aim to gain valuable insights into the breeding and husbandry of pangolins in captivity. 

In addition, we are studying suitable methods of release of both wild-born rescued and captive bred individuals, with a view to informing  IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group global release protocols.

Sponsor Raya today to: ensure she receives the best care, including plenty of ants and termites to eat; a choice of logs to sleep in; enrichment, and veterinary care as needed.  

Plus, you can follow her exciting story as a breeding female and you will be first to know if she gives birth to an adorable pangopup! 

Sponsor Raya