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This week Helping Hand features WildAid, a global nonprofit focused on ending the wildlife trade through behavior change campaigns, many in Asia, using regional celebrities in public service messaging campaigns, with people like basketball star Yao Ming, actor Jackie Chan and many others.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, a Vietnam nonprofit, founded and run by Vietnamese. While they work to save a number of animals, they’ve earned respect from a number of conservation organizations for their rapid-response rescues and success in rehabilitating pangolins, a highly vulnerable, virtually defenseless mammal being eaten into extinction by consumers in the Asia Pacific.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s all about the Pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal you’ve never heard of, desperate for awareness and support as Chinese consumers drive them toward extinction.

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Today as we planned to offer a preview of a sobering Helping Hand segment we’ll have next Friday based around the world’s most trafficked mammal, a toothless, defenseless animal, unfortunately this most vulnerable creature has made news now on back-to-back days with unprecedented, record setting seizures of their body parts, both headed to the same Asia Pacific country, as conservationists say with these kinds of mind-boggling busts, extinction appears inevitab

  

A pair of Vietnamese nationals have been arrested with one of the largest illegal wildlife seizures ever in Uganda. The AP reported that Ugandan officials intercepted the two along with 750 pieces of elephant ivory and thousands of pangolin scales. Authorities believe the haul was coming from South Sudan, and originated in Congo. The AP said the Uganda Revenue Authority found the ivory and pangolin scales hidden inside timber that was packed into three freight containers.  

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This week on Helping Hand, we begin a special two-part edition with innovative wildlife nonprofit Elephant Action League. Join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence for a conversation with their Executive Director and co-founder Andrea Crosta who explains how they go undercover, including using Chinese operatives, to hunt down wildlife criminals.

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An animal whose photograph has been featured on the wall in HPR’s pledge central all week, as seen in the photo of that poster above, has had a terrible last seven days in the news.

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There’s a new report on how illegal wildlife is being trafficked by air, and how smugglers are exploiting commercial air transport to move critically endangered animal parts or live animals, usually from Africa to Asia, and the report slammed one country in Asia with evidence showing them to be-- by far-- the most common destination for all seized wildlife products between 2009 and 2017. 

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Tomorrow is World Pangolin Day. Every third Saturday in February is devoted to this most critically endangered animal. The pangolin is a scaly anteater, a mammal, about the size of a cat, covered in small scales, with no teeth and a very long tongue. They primarily eat ants and other insects, and are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. There are eight species in Africa and Asia. But not for long.