A program that probes the mysteries of the animal world through interviews with scientists and other wildlife investigators
The WildLife: Pangolin Rescue with Save Vietnam's Wildlife, Thai Van Nguyen and Gillian Fuller
Go behind the scenes of a pangolin rescue with Thai Van Nguyen, founder and executive director of Save Vietnam's Wildlife, and Gillian Foster, the organization's Communications Advisor. Save Vietnam's Wildlife is the first Vietnamese NGO dedicated to saving pangolins. Pangolins are arguably the world's most trafficked mammal, with an estimated 100,000 captured each year. People hunt them for their meat and their scales, which are used in traditional Asian medicine. Vietnam has two of the eight pangolin species, Sunda and Chinese pangolins, both critically endangered. In just eight months (July 2015-February 2016), Save Vietnam's Wildlife rehabilitated and released 75 pangolins rescued from the trade.
The WildLife: From bats to humans - echolocation for the blind, Carol Foster
bats for one of her films, documentary filmmaker Carol Foster learned that humans were also doing what bats
could do, namely using echolocation to see.That
set her off on a project to help the blind in Belize learn this amazing skill.
She’s even launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to fund the effort. In
this interview, we talk about what we can learn from bats and how the blind
uses flash sonar to see the world.
The WildLife: Madison Vorva, Girl Scout and Teen Activist for Orangutans
In 2007 fellow Girl Scouts Madison Vorva and her friend Rhiannon Tomtishen embarked on a campaign to save the orangutan by targeting unsustainable palm oil production and the many products that use it, including Girl Scout cookies. Both young women have been featured on major media outlets and have won several awards for their activism, including the United Nations Forest Heroes award.
The WildLife: Rhiannon Tomtishen, Girl Scout and Teen Activist for sustainable palm oil
Since she was in 6th grade, Rhiannon Tomtishen has been passionate about orangutans. As a Girl Scout, that passion led her to fight for deforestation-free palm oil together with her friend Madison Vorva. The story of these two girls inspires young and old alike and shows how simple actions can make a big difference. Now 19 years old, this eloquent young women shares her experience and advises us all to follow our passion.
The WildLife: Kevin Bewick, Anti-Poaching Intelligence Group of Southern Africa (APIGSA)
Kevin Bewick, head of the Anti-Poaching Intelligence Group of Southern Africa (APIGSA), provides his perspective on the fight against wildlife crime. His group undertakes investigations and focuses on intelligence gathering and research into wildlife poaching and trafficking.wildlife poaching research, intelligence gathering and investigations.
The WildLife: CITES CoP16 Outcomes, CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon
John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), provides his perspective on the major outcomes of CITES 16th Conference of Parties, which was held in Bangkok, Thailand from March 3-14, 2013. The conversation covers overarching issues, such as enforcement, financing and political engagement, as well as species-specific items, including timber, sharks and elephants.