A RARE SIGHT

7 Days in Dubai - - SPECIAL REPORT: CONSERVATION -

De­nis Odong, a ranger at Kidepo Val­ley Na­tional Park, close to South Su­dan, has seen only one pan­golin in his eight years of ser­vice. “Pan­golin scales are worth a lot on the mar­ket,” he said. He is re­search­ing whether the park’s pol­icy of shar­ing its rev­enue with sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties ac­tu­ally de­creases poach­ing. Uganda’s parks dis­trib­ute 20 per cent of their en­trance fees to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Al­though he ad­mit­ted to once hav­ing eaten pan­golin meat at a restau­rant a few years ago, Odong said he has changed his mind, adding: “Pan­golins need to be pro­tected.”

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