Column: Why this former SeaWorld ambassador is working to save animals you’ve never heard of

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

In her many years as the director of the animal ambassador programs for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, Julie Scardina was a favorite guest on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and the “Today” show. Thanks to her high TV profile, the energetic animal lover brought adorable baby penguins, a blanket-wrapped baby gibbon and a free-flying Scarlet ibis to millions of homes across America. For her second act, the Poway, California, resident wants to put pangolins on your radar. Also painted dogs, Grevy’s zebras and bonobos. Scardina is the co-founder and president of Mission Wildlife, a San Diego-based n…

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