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Pangolins - The World's Most Wanted Animal

Nature documentary following the efforts to save the pangolin, a little-known scaly mammal with an unfortunate tagline - they are the world's most illegally trafficked animals.

The endearing pangolin is a little-known scaly mammal. Found in Africa and Asia, these shy creatures have an unfortunate tagline - they are the most poached and illegally trafficked animals in the world. Based in Namibia, conservationist Maria Diekmann rescues and rehabilitates her local pangolins. In a bid to better understand the global issues they are facing, we follow Maria to Vietnam, Thailand and China into the very heart of the crisis, where demand for pangolin products is greatest. In what turns out to be an emotional journey, Maria joins forces with a Chinese megastar to build a campaign to bring awareness to the plight of an animal most people have never even heard of.

1 hour


Sun 27 Jan 2019 18:00

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Role Contributor
Narrator David Attenborough
Producer Victoria Bromley
Series Editor Roger Webb


  • Tue 15 May 2018 20:00
  • Sat 19 May 2018 17:30
  • Fri 15 Jun 2018 19:00
  • Sun 27 Jan 2019 18:00

Saving Pangolins from Extinction

Saving Pangolins from Extinction

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