Renowned conservationist uses blockchain technology to save pangolins from extinction – EIN News | Jewelry Dukan

To evade poachers, 11,000 pangolins disguised themselves as humans – but they’re not particularly good at disguising themselves. Apparently.

Examples from the NiFTy Pangolins NFT collection

Examples from the NiFTy Pangolins NFT collection

A cartoon pangolin wearing a top hat and knight armor

Artwork from one of 11,000 unique NiFTy Pangolins NFTs

This is not just another charity fundraiser. This is conservation like it’s never been done before.”

— Maria Diekmann, founder of Pangolins International

YORK, UK, Sept. 21, 2022 / — A team including Nigeria-based conservationist and founder of Pangolins International, Maria Diekmann, is launching a collection of 11,000 unique digital art NFTs (Non-Fungible tokens) to fund the creation of an international network of pangolin conservation centers to help combat the effects of poaching.

Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammals, and poachers sell them to the Asian black market for their meat and scales, which are a valuable ingredient in traditional medicine. Over 100,000 pangolins are poached each year and as they have typically been extremely difficult to raise successfully in captivity, their numbers are declining. All 8 remaining species appear on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species, with 3 classified as Critically Endangered. It is estimated that pangolins will be extinct by the end of this decade unless conservation efforts are stepped up immediately.

However, Diekmann’s research has now provided groundbreaking methods that allow pangolins to be successfully rehabilitated and raised in captivity before being released back into their natural environment. Sales of the pangolin NFTs will fund the creation of a coordinated network of well-resourced pangolin sanctuaries, all operating to the same standards, using the same methods, and sharing data and knowledge. Each center will recruit from the local community and serve as an educational center.

UK-based artist Dean Leybourn and blockchain developer Mark Meredith were moved to pitch the NFT fundraising concept to Diekmann after seeing their work on an episode of the BBC’s Natural World programme. Diekmann immediately gave the project the green light and saw how it could accelerate her plans for an integrated multi-regional pangolin conservation.

“This isn’t just another charity fundraiser,” says Diekmann. “This is conservation like it’s never been done before. Not only will our project bring conservationists closer together, it will expand our community to include anyone who buys an NFT and allow owners to meet both the pangolins and conservationists and see what we are accomplishing every day. ”

“The NFT space is maturing,” says Leybourn, “and there is a growing desire to look beyond their initial use as pure investment vehicles. We want to use this energy to build a community determined to drive positive change in the real world – a key difference from most NFT collections.”

“NFTs are typically purchased using cryptocurrency,” Meredith adds, “but we will also be offering a payment card purchase option to allow a wider audience to join the NiFTy Pangolins community, giving crypto newbies an easy way to get into Join NFTs, support our cause and help raise awareness of pangolins.”

To neutralize the common perception that NFTs generate an unsustainable amount of CO2, the team timed the collection to take place almost immediately after the Ethereum blockchain transitioned from its energy-intensive proof-of-work model to proof-of-work. of-stake launches, reducing carbon footprint by 99.95%. Now minting a NiFTy Pangolins NFT will produce less CO2 than growing and transporting a banana. At least twice the collection’s CO2 is offset by a carbon sequestration system operated by the Emerald Forest Reserve, home of Pangolins International’s main conservation center in Nigeria.

The NiFTy Pangolins NFT Collection goes on sale September 22nd at 17:30 GMT on

Karen Waller
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