Become An Animals Under Threat Wildlife Champion

Help ZSL work for those animals on the edge of extinction

Wildlife Champions - Champion Animals on the Edge of Extinction

Poaching, habitat loss and illegal wildlife trade are pushing wildlife to the very edge. We are losing amazing animals such as pangolins and rhinos, which are hunted and traded in their millions. 

We won’t give up on wildlife and you too can help us protect threatened animals like the pangolin. 

How ZSL is working for animals under threat of extinction:

  • Stopping the extinction of the world’s most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species. The EDGE of Existence programme highlights and protects some of the most unique and wonderful species on the planet.
  • Habitat protection. Often, the best way to protect a species is to conserve its habitat. 
  • Tackling illegal wildlife trade. Each year millions of animals are victims of the illegal wildlife trade. Pangolins are particularly threatened, with an estimated 100,000 being illegally traded each year. 
  • Conservation Breeding. The careful and coordinated population management of a range of animal species through breeding programmes helps to secure genetically healthy populations and can protect against extinction. 
  • Education. Through our education programmes ZSL is inspiring future conservation leaders, helping to ensure the next generation care for our natural world. 

Sign-up now from just £3 a month. 

Wildlife Champions Animals Under Threat Pack

You will receive a Champion pack, which includes project case studies, tips for championing wildlife every day, badges, postcards and a fold-up pangolin friend!

You will also receive a ZSL Wild About magazine three times a year and regular email updates on your chosen area. 


Find out more about Wildlife Champions and what other areas you can champion

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Become a Wildlife Champion

Join our champion community and help us work for wildlife.

The Most Illegally Traded Mammal

Pangolin on a tree hugging a branch.

Say hello to the pangolin, a prehistoric mammal with scales, which is fighting for its survival. 

Each year approximately 100,000 pangolins are trafficked to China or Vietnam, where their meat is considered a delicacy and their body parts are used in traditional medicine. 

ZSL is championing pangolins through on-the ground conservation work and raising awareness to combat the demand for their body parts.