To Switzerland for pangolins Summer 2019

This ride is my son's idea. His favourite animal is the pangolin (also known as the scaly anteater). There is much to love about these endearing creatures, but in Africa and Asia this boils down (literally) to their taste and supposed medicinal properties. Sadly the eight species (four in Africa and four in Asia) are all vulnerable or endangered according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature because of the pressure of illegal poaching and trafficking. In fact, pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world, with one being taken from the wild every five minutes. Every five minutes!

My son decided to do something about this and earlier in 2019 he said that he wanted to go on a bike ride to raise money to try to improve the pangolin's plight. After discussing some ideas, he and I hit upon riding to Switzerland. This may seems a bit random, but there is a good reason behind it. The money raised will be going to WWF, and their international headquarters are in a town called Gland on the shores of Lake Geneva. WWF-UK's office is in Woking in Surrey. So we will ride from Woking to Surrey. Simple.

The route works out at approximately 600 miles, give or take, and we have allowed two weeks.

If you think that the world is a better place when pangolins can go about their lives in the wild, contributing to the natural balance of their local ecosystems, rather than being eaten and used in mumbo-jumbo medicine until there are none of the eight species left, please do support my son on this ambitious ride. Donations can be made through this page at Virgin Money Giving.

Checking the route.

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