Here is another item from my collection. A varnished soapstone pangolin from Gabon. I bought this statue in a small Libreville market after some haggling. I had never seen a pangolin in the wild but they interest me. I really liked this sculpture and glad I bought it. A few months later, in Namibia, I was lucky enough to see a real life pangolin. Unfortunately in real life, the pangolin is the most trafficked animal worldwide. The scales are used in witchcraft and traditional medicine. It's a shame such a unique animal is poached for its scales.
Monday, 6 June 2016
Pangolin Statue 360 View
John) Matthew Stritch is a Zoologist traveling to some of the more remote locations on the planet. Having spent nine months studying wild bonobos Matt then went on to be a safari guide in South Africa. He has also worked in Mauritius as warden of world renowned Round Island and more recently he has been habituating lowland gorilla in Gabon. Matt has an interest in animal behaviour, film making, photography and writing. His first book: "A Zoologists Stumbling's in Africa: How to Habituate a Bonobo" is about his time in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo.