One Cool Thing: Pangolins Protected From Poaching In South Africa

The pangolin is the most highly trafficked mammal on Earth — they are poached at a higher rate than elephants, rhinos and tigers combined. Their scales are what the poachers want — they are ground up and used for medicine in China and Southeast Asia. Pangolins are on the brink of extinction — 120,000 were poached last year alone.  To get a glimpse of them in the wild, check out this amazing video from Mission Wild.  This species has the potential to make a full comeback if we can stop the trafficking and conserve their habitat, which is why this year the United Nations and many wildlife and environmental organizations are working to set aside 30% of the planet for nature by 2030.

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One Weird Thing: Park Closes So Florida Water Snakes Can Get It On

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Happy World Whale Day — Saving the Whales:  Progress, Threats, and New Hope

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Pablo Escobar’s Hippos, Friend or Foe for Colombia’s Ecosystem?

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