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Let's see your Pangolin pics...

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Any sighting is a good sighting. So my only sighting of a Pangolin was in the Masai mara. We were driving along the road which comes in from behind Mara Serena lodge. We noticed a vehicle which was parked just off the road, what were they looking at? We could not see anything obvious so drove closer. The closer we got the more confused we were as there was definitely nothing to be seen.It was only when we were within 10 mteters of the vehicle we realised what they were looking at, a Pangolin, asleep on the side of the road.

 

Taken in low light. As my teacher would say: could do better.

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@@PHALANX great sighting!

 

So perhaps @@Safaridude it was a pangolin I saw after all in the Masai Mara? ;)

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My first post - hope you enjoy the pics.

Taken at Tswalu, August 2013.

Tracker spotted tracks from the vehicle and together with the ranger, spent 45 minutes tracking it on foot (after asking us if it was OK to spend time doing do first!) through the sand and grass - and it was worth the wait!

 

 

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What a great first post, welcome to Safaritalk. I dream of a Pangolin sighting like that - or any Pangolin sighting, as a matter of fact. :)

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I've got some from Sangha Lodge in Central African Republic from Feb 2015. This is the black bellied pangolin or long tailed pangolin. They are completely arboreal but this one, Pangi, was rescued form the local bush meat market. Rod Cassidy and his wife raised her until she could live on her own in the forest which she does to this day. The local Ba'aka were employed to locate ants for Pangi to eat. It's quite remarkable she survived and is the only known long tailed pangolin to be reared and set free. They still keep tabs on her daily.

 

The light in the forest is difficult to get a clear pic and pangi was in constant motion cantilevered out with her tail holding her in place...but you can get an idea of how special a pangolin she is. I'll also post a video or two. I think I did for my trip report to CAR but this post resides in a different location so maybe y'all haven't seen it previously.

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Some vids. I like the sounds of the forest you can hear in the background:

 

 

This gives you a good idea of how pangolins move in the trees. Pangi lives wild now but when I visited Sangha, they had to take her out multiple times a day to get her fill of ants. The Ba'aka would located the ant nests and let her eat her fill. Her instincts were to go ever upward and so they had to keep an eye on her or shed climb out of reach.

 

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@@gatoratlarge This film of a pangolin is simply spectacular. I hope to visit Sangha in 2018 even if it won't be easy to combine with Zakouma. I know that Colin Bell the former head of Wilderness Safari who is a friend of Rod's said that it was the literally the most spectacular place in the world. Of course I'll take his opinion quite seriously.

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@@optig it was a place that had a big impact on me that is for certain. I plan to go back some day. It is amazing...

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@@gatoratlarge Rod told me that one should visit both in the wet and the dry season. I will undoubtedly visit during both seasons. I really want to visit Zakouma, and Congo (Brazzaville) as well. I hope that Gabon will eventually take safari tourism seriously because as we know very well it has awesome potential. Furthermore, it needs to diversify it's economy.

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A pangolin mother and youngster I saw last week at Namiri Plains in the Serengeti. A first for me. :)

 

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@@Hammer_of_the_Gods Wow what a sighting! Now, get on with the trip report...

 

Matt

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Saw loads of pangolin in my 2 years as a guide in the Kalahari

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@Kosielategan Fabulous shot. Were all the sightings at Tswalu or are there any other places that are reliable for Pangolin in the Kalahari? I would love to see a pangolin but Tswalu is way over my budget!  

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@Kosielategan Woohooo great to see you on the forum! for those who don't know, Kosie is an amazing guide who guided me and my OH almost 2x in Tswalu. not only is he an unassuming and very nice gentleman, he is also a great photographer. He's now a private guide altho at Tswalu he was much sought after by photographic groups to guide them. 

 

Welcome to ST, Kosie! 

 

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So we were in Central Kruger in June. Driving around and approaching a dirt road, two cars one staying and one with small children leaving.  

 

we stop, hi hello, and i ask him what did you guys find ? He says a word - in afrikaner- I have no idea. so he pulls out the Kruger map/book and points to a picture of a pangolin.  and we go NO WAAY !!

so we head over to the other car and they are the original spotters who actually saw it in the middle of the road and then it ran into the bush and is between the 2nd and 3rd bush they say. about 15-20 feet away. So we wait, more cars come, some cars leave.. nothing happening.  We were originally looking for a rest room when we stumbled on to this. So we head over to the rest area and then think// should we go back ? Why not.

so we drive back, by then the last car is leaving. and the pangolin never showed itself.

 

So i park myself in a bit of elevation. Tell my son to focus the camera to the spot (between 2nd and 3rd bush).  I cut the engine. and predict a la Moses..  if no car comes along, it will come out in 5 minutes. Folks have been disturbing it all along.  Now there is no body. let us see.

 

5 minutes later..   pops out the Holy grail of Kruger safari !!    Amazing. over the moon.    

 

 

 

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On 1/28/2018 at 9:00 PM, kittykat23uk said:

@Kosielategan Fabulous shot. Were all the sightings at Tswalu or are there any other places that are reliable for Pangolin in the Kalahari? I would love to see a pangolin but Tswalu is way over my budget!  

All photos taken at Tswalu yes. Very lucky and fortunate to see that many of these special creatures

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23 hours ago, Kitsafari said:

@Kosielategan Woohooo great to see you on the forum! for those who don't know, Kosie is an amazing guide who guided me and my OH almost 2x in Tswalu. not only is he an unassuming and very nice gentleman, he is also a great photographer. He's now a private guide altho at Tswalu he was much sought after by photographic groups to guide them. 

 

Welcome to ST, Kosie! 

 

Thank you @Kitsafari was a great couple of days. Hope to see you again one day! See if we can get you a better aardvark.. 

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