Over 350 million animals are taken from their homes and sold on black markets in an average year. The illegal practice brings in over $19 billion per year for smugglers (that’s a lot of cash), and the industry, sadly, is almost impossible to disrupt.

Indeed, it’s hard to find people willing to fight for animals that wear such hefty price tags. But sometimes, selfless decisions by good people can help keep those “valuable” animals in the wilderness where they belong…

In November 2016, students of Residence Hall 7 at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore were staring down the end of the semester. The last thing the overworked students needed was an intruder in their dormitory common room.