Heather Richardson

Heather Richardson

Heather Richardson is a contributor to the South China Morning Post and Inkstone.

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English
Tracking the pangolin, the world’s most-trafficked animal
The forest is so humid I can taste the moisture in the air. Barely any light penetrates the rainforest canopy in this part of the Central African Republic. Weaving through a tangle of trees, we’re following Etienne Ndobola, a Ba’Aka tracker working with the Sangha Pangolin Project. After a few minutes, we find two other trackers under a tree. Silently, they point upwards – and there is little Ndima, a black-bellied pangolin, shuffling along leafy branches on the hunt for ants, which he’ll zap with a long, sticky tongue. Talon-like claws grip the bark and a long, scaled tail wraps around the tree for balance. The pangolin project is run from the Sangha Lodge, eight simple wooden chalets tucke