The Foreign Desk

Pandas, pangolins, and koalas: can animals be diplomats?

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18 December 2021

Episode 416

30 minutes

Exotic animals have long been used as unlikely but effective furry ambassadors to further a country’s international influence. Whether it’s China strategically loaning giant pandas as a gesture of goodwill, Australia flaunting the kangaroo as part of its national brand or Taiwan dispatching pangolins to Prague, animals have been used as diplomatic tools for centuries. How does animal diplomacy actually work? How does one Fedex a wild animal? And what can animals teach humans about global cooperation?

18 December 2021

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