Pangolin Smuggling Syndicate Exposed in South Africa

Worth thousands each on the black market, the pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world… and is now teetering on the brink of extinction, with South Africa being at the centre of the tragedy.

“Across Africa, over a million have been removed from the wild over the last decade and South Africa is at the centre of the illegal trade,” says Carte Blanche TV show.

The current affairs programme goes undercover this week to infiltrate a dangerous syndicate of smugglers and stop them in their tracks. (Watch trailer below. If you’re overseas, subscribe to watch the show from Tuesday.)


The cute, nocturnal and scaly creature is seldom seen by regular Park visitors… but it’s actually the most hunted and trafficked mammal in the world, fetching up to R150 000 each on the black market.

Tens of thousands of pangolins are being poached and killed annually.

The poaching is driven by a demand in Asia for the pangolin’s scales which are (incorrectly) believed to be a cure for a variety of things, as well as for its flesh which is considered a delicacy.

To watch Carte Blanche’s undercover exposé and capture of one of South Africa’s most lethal pangolin smuggling syndicates – tune in this Sunday in South Africa, and from Tuesday if you’re overseas. South Africans abroad can watch Carte Blanche two days after its aired in SA, by subscribing to Showmax International. (Free 14-day Trial.)

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Coming up on 12 November

This Sunday in an extended 90-minute episode of Carte Blanche: we uncover a local pangolin smuggling syndicate and stop them in their tracks. Then, how is Opioid Substitution Therapy helping heroin addicts kick their addiction? Macfarlane Moleli finds out. Later, cutting-edge developments in DNA testing can finally put a face to unidentified bodies. And, we follow sewer zama zamas down the sewer pipes of Joburg as they hunt for treasures to survive. That’s Carte Blanche this Sunday at 7pm on M-Net, DStv channel 101, and again at 8pm on M-Net Plus 1 channel 901. You can also stream the show on the DStv Now app from 7pm.

Posted by Carte Blanche on Friday, November 10, 2017

Watch Carte Blanche this Sunday at 7pm on M-Net, DStv channel 101, and again at 8pm on M-Net Plus 1 channel 901. You can also stream the show live on the DStv Now app from 7pm… and watch on Showmax International if you’re overseas, from Tuesday.

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