For nearly a quarter century, I've worked on animal welfare and wildlife conservation issues. While there have been some constants - like the need to protect elephants, and rhinos, and whales, and bears, and lions, and tigers, and primates - I can promise you that, when I started all those years ago, I had never even heard of the pangolin!
Too many species need protection. Too many have become imperiled on our watch. Too many are slipping away.
This week, government representatives from Africa and Asia met in Vietnam for the first time to discuss threats to pangolin conservation and innovative strategies to save the species. One hundred participants from governments of pangolin range countries, academics, nongovernmental organizations, and others were represented. Born Free was there, with Gabriel Fava from Born Free Foundation (UK) and Rosalyn Morrison from Born Free USA pushing hard for strong, positive outcomes. And, by all accounts, their hard work has paid off!