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Episode 5: Pangolins - The World's Most Wanted Animal

Summary

Documentary examining attempts to save the most illegally trafficked animals in the world - a little-known scaly mammal called the pangolin. Based in Namibia, conservationist Maria Diekmann rescues and rehabilitates these local creatures. Cameras follow her to Vietnam, Thailand and China - into the heart of the crisis, where demand for pangolin products is greatest.

Review

There are stories of endangered wildlife benefiting from reduced human activity at the moment: let’s hope pangolins are among them. They have become the most trafficked wild mammal in the world thanks to a poaching trade driven by demand from Chinese traditional medicine. Some scientists believe the cruel trade in smuggled specimens could be one source of the coronavirus. 

As this documentary first shown in 2018 explains, nobody knows much about how pangolins behave in the wild. Watching one toddle on its back legs around the house of Namibian conservationist Maria Diekmann is extraordinary — like having a tiny pet dinosaur.

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  • Episode 5

    Pangolins - The World's Most Wanted Animal

    Summary

    Documentary examining attempts to save the most illegally trafficked animals in the world - a little-known scaly mammal called the pangolin. Based in Namibia, conservationist Maria Diekmann rescues and rehabilitates these local creatures. Cameras follow her to Vietnam, Thailand and China - into the heart of the crisis, where demand for pangolin products is greatest.

    Review

    There are stories of endangered wildlife benefiting from reduced human activity at the moment: let’s hope pangolins are among them. They have become the most trafficked wild mammal in the world thanks to a poaching trade driven by demand from Chinese traditional medicine. Some scientists believe the cruel trade in smuggled specimens could be one source of the coronavirus. 

    As this documentary first shown in 2018 explains, nobody knows much about how pangolins behave in the wild. Watching one toddle on its back legs around the house of Namibian conservationist Maria Diekmann is extraordinary — like having a tiny pet dinosaur.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorDavid Attenborough

    Crew

    rolename
    ProducerVictoria Bromley
    Series editorRoger Webb

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