“Giant pangolins are shy, solitary and nocturnal – so unlikely to be found often outside of their burrows. A giant pangolin was last captured and formally identified in Senegal in April 1967. Three decades later, an ecological survey discovered two individuals. Since then, conservationists haven’t spotted a single giant pangolin.

That is, until 8 March 2023, when one was snapped plodding along a dry riverbed at 1.37am. The snapshot was captured by one of 217 survey camera traps scattered throughout more than 4000 square kilometers of the Niokolo-Koba National Park…

This sighting suggests Niokolo-Koba National Park could serve as the last stronghold for monitoring and conserving the pangolin in Senegal.”

From NewScientist.