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'Mission: Wildlife' raising funds for human and animal prosperity

'Mission: Wildlife' raising funds for human and animal prosperity

Over an illustrious 40-year career as one of the world’s foremost wildlife ambassadors, Julie Scardina has paraded an innumerable list of species before televised audiences all over the world.

So far, she’s being tight-lipped about which of Africa’s wildlife she’ll have on hand next month at the annual fundraiser for the nonprofit, Mission: Wildlife, she co-founded in 2013 with some of her former SeaWorld colleagues — maybe a crested porcupine and a few birds of prey, maybe a cerval or even a sloth.

But when it came time to wrangle up a cheetah, she had no such luck.

“If anybody knows how to find one, it’d be me,” she joked.

That infectious energy belies the dire...

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