Local communities across Africa need to be drawn into conservation decisions to fight wildlife crime.
Local and indigenous communities remain mostly excluded from real benefits, and conservation often comes at a huge cost to them.
Part of a shipment of 33 rhino horns seized by Hong Kong customs, originated from Cape Town, South Africa.
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Rhino horn trade continues to be a highly lucrative business across the world.
Boa constrictors are frequently found at large in Australia, despite being banned.
Keeping non-native reptiles as pets is against the law – with good reason. Alien species traded on the black market can potentially establish themselves in the wild if they are released or escape.
The fate of elephants ultimately lies in the hands of humans and a continued ban will not solve the poaching problem.
The ivory trade is a very contentious issue and will be debated at CITES. It will revolve around maintaining or lifting the ban on trade. But the human element is likely to be ignored.
The endangered ‘fishing cat’ is known to scientists as
Prionailurus viverrinus, but is Felis viverrinus in Chinese wildlife law.
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Many scientific names have changed since China's 'protected species list' was last updated in 1989.
CITES has become the premier multilateral arrangement to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking.
The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.
Cheetahs have experienced severe range contractions, their numbers declining markedly in many protected areas.
60% of the world’s largest carnivores and herbivores are classified as being threatened with extinction
An ivory comb. Most sales from Vietnam to China involve carved ivory.
The amount of ivory on sale in Vietnam has increased by more than 600% in the past eight years. As China has taken a tougher stance on the ivory trade, sales in Vietnam have increased.
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A police raid on the popular tourist attraction has found 40 frozen tiger carcasses.