My name is Rachael Bale and I report on wildlife crime for National Geographic, most recently on the illegal trade of pangolins—AMA!
Hi! I’m Rachael Bale, a senior editor at National Geographic. I’ve been reporting for four years on wildlife crime and exploitation for our Wildlife Watch project, and I also co-lead our wider animal coverage. I’ve spent the last two years working on a story about the trafficking of pangolins, the world’s only known mammal with true scales. Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal, in demand for their scales, for use in traditional medicine, and their meat. Wildlife crime has become increasingly sophisticated and organized, yet it’s not taken nearly as seriously as other organized crimes like drugs and human trafficking. AMA about pangolins and wildlife crime! - Read my Nat Geo pangolins feature, with photos by the amazing Brent Stirton, here: https://on.natgeo.com/2WxmHB4 - Learn how you can help pangolins: https://on.natgeo.com/2WuzZOM - And if you just want more pics of cute pangolins: https://on.natgeo.com/2WfI8av
EDIT: Thanks for all the thoughtful questions! Signing off and heading back to work now.