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Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world and Malawi has been identified as southern Africa’s principal transit hub for wildlife trafficking. Temminck’s pangolins are increasingly confiscated in Malawi and brought to rehabilitation facilities prior to release into protected areas. Because of challenges associated with rehabilitation, there has been an effort to release pangolins back into the wild as quickly as possible. However, better tools are needed for assessing animals that are good candidates for quick release and to predict their post-release survival. Researchers will develop a rehabilitation intake scoring system for pangolins and follow high scoring pangolins post-release to validate outcome success. If successful, findings will help distinguish healthy pangolins that are suitable for quick release from animals that require more intensive rehabilitation, freeing up resources to care for more animals. 

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Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
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Amanda Salb, DVM
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