Louise Fletcher is a specialist in pangolin conservation. She got her start by trying her hand at animal-related projects such as working in rehabilitation centres. This, combined with a love of psychology and watching animals in the field, led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Conservation and Biodiversity.
Louise firmly believes that conservation needs to be viewed from a human perspective, and investigates ways to engage local communities, the judiciary system and large businesses in conservation.
Her first role as a conservationist was as research assistant for a camera-trapping project in the Soutpansberg Mountains, where the high leopard density causes conflicts with local farmers. More recently she worked on the release and monitoring of trade-confiscated Sunda pangolins in Vietnam, alongside a small carnivore camera-trapping project with The Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program.
Currently she’s raising funds to support the use of trained dogs in Asian pangolin conservation. This will push forward many of the action points on the recently published IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group’s action plan. Using pangolin and small carnivore conservation, she hopes to develop site-specific, long-term projects that create benefits to extend beyond the targeted species. She’s also illustrating a book about pangolins for release on World Pangolin Day 2016, that will hopefully be translated into Chinese and Vietnamese, and which will support NGOs working in pangolin conservation globally.
Louise is dedicated to promoting the plight of the pangolin – she engages with Hong Kong celebrities, takes internships in large businesses supporting conservation projects, shares her stories and work across a variety of platforms such as social media. For World Pangolin Day 2014, she visited Shavez Cheema and the team at 1StopBrunei to provide them with support and expertise on their pangolin-conservation projects, such as camera-trapping and engaging the local community in conservation.
We’re grateful to Louise for contributing her knowledge of pangolin conservation to the United for Wildlife website: Meet the pangolin, Protecting pangolins on the ground, How conservationists work to save pangolins and 4 Ways to help save pangolins right now.