An endangered species on the edge of extinction, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium taking action


TREE PAGALAN OWE OOH SHRIEK. REPORTER: THEY HAVE EXISTED LARGELY UNCHANGED FOR 66 MILLION YEARS. THEY ARE NOCTURNAL WITH A TAIL AND TONGUE AS LONG AS THEIR BODIES. THEY LOOK LIKE THEY ARE RELATED TO ANTEATERS BUT THEY NOT.>>THEY ARE THEIR OWN COOL LITTLE AWESOME THING. THEY ARE RELATED TO CON KAREN A SROERS. REPORTER: THEY ARE CRITICALLY EVEN THAN DANGERED IN AFRICA.>>IN THE PAST DECADE THERE’S BEEN AN INCREASING DEMAND I PANGOLAN PRODUCT BECAUSE THEIR SCALES, PEOPLE FALSELY BELIEVE THEY HAVE A MEDICAL PEN ABOUT IT AS WELL AS FOR THE MEAT. REPORTER: AN ESTIMATED 300 ARE KILLED EACH DAY IN AFRICA, OFTEN SERVED AS DELICACIES TO WEALTHY ASIANS. THE CONSERVATION HAS JOINED SIX ZOOS INCLUDING PITTSBURGH TO BRING THEM HERE TO STUDY THEM AND TRY TO SAVE THEM.>>SOMETHING I EVER IMAGINED I’D BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF IN A CAPTIVE SETTING. THERE ARE NOT A LOT KNOWN ABOUT THEM. REPORTER: PITTSBURGH WILL RESEARCH NEW FEMALES AND A MALE HERE TO HELP SET UP CONSERVATION PROGRAMS IN THE WILD.>>AS MUCH AS ANYTHING IT’S GETTING THE WORD OUT TO PUBLIC, TO VISITORS, DOING THIS, LET THEM KNOW THESE ARE IMPORTANT ANIMALS, AND IF WE CAN SAVE THEM WE CAN SAVE A WHOLE ECOSYSTEM. REPORTER: WE WON’T BE ABLE TO SEE THE ANIMALS ON EXHIBIT FOR SOME TIME. THEY WILL BE GETTING ACCLIMATED BEHIND THE SCENES. IN THE MEANTIME THE PEOPLE IN THIS REGION CAN JOIN THE GLOBAL EFFORT TO SAVE THESE ANIMALS

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  1. Vic May 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I liked the zoo the way it used to be in the 60's, you could see the animals up close in their enclosures.

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