Scoop: Coming Up on NATURE on PBS Today, May 23

Scoop: Coming Up on NATURE on PBS Today, May 23Season 36 of Nature concludes on Wednesday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) with Nature: The World's Most Wanted Animal. Join conservationist Maria Diekmann in the crusade to save the pangolin, the most trafficked animal in the world, and learn more about these scaly yet endearing mammals whose basic biology remains a mystery.

More than 100,000 pangolins are thought to have been taken from the wild in the last year. Credit: Maria Diekmann

Pangolins are often described as "the most endangered animal you've never heard of." The world's only scaly mammal, pangolins are now trafficked at a higher rate than rhinos, elephants and tigers combined, for medicinal use in China, Thailand and Vietnam. Very little is known about even their most basic biology, and this is hampering conservation efforts - pangolins almost always die in captivity.

In Namibia, conservationist Maria Diekmann found herself on the FRONTLINE of the battle to save these wanted animals after unexpectedly becoming a surrogate mother to an orphaned baby pangolin named Honey Bun. On an emotional journey, Diekmann travels to Asia to better understand the global issues facing pangolins, before joining forces with a Chinese megastar to help build a campaign to bring awareness to the plight of these surprisingly charming creatures.


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