Organised crime always looks for new ways to make money. And zoo animals are an easy target.
Primate populations are declining around the world. The great apes are in danger of disappearing, and that bears a great risk for humanity itself.
China has decided to end all domestic trade in ivory, an act that could help elephant numbers all over Africa.
Prized species such as sea cucumbers are increasingly being poached from Australian waters. But if foreign aid can give fishing crews alternative livelihoods, the problem could ease.
In the absence of trading ivory, other solutions have to be found to fund conservation and support communities living on the front line of the battle against poaching.
Military responses to combat poaching are a problem. They marginalise communities where poachers come from and can have longer term implications.
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.
Initiatives to curb rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park has shown improvement compared to last year. But poaching in other parks has increased.
There are many similarities between wildlife poaching and the cultivation of drug plants like the coca bush or the opium poppy.
60% of the world’s largest carnivores and herbivores are classified as being threatened with extinction
South Sudan is a country where conflict is rife. This has had a knock-on effect on the country's rich and varied fauna, and put conservation programmes in severe crisis.
There are very violent confrontations in southern Africa's peace parks. This is partly due to a violent history dating back to the apartheid era that has never been adequately addressed.
Older matriarchs lead elephant society. But they're also the primary targets of ivory poachers. When these socially critical individuals are killed, what happens to the rest of the group?
Conservationists are increasingly looking to translocating rhinos. This not only ensures their safety but also enables improvements to their genetic health.
Conservationists claim the combination of GPS tracker, heart-beat monitor and spy camera will be a game changer.
People arguing that a ban on mammoth ivory would help save elephants from extinction are wrong. Here's why.
The fact that people are still travelling thousands of miles to kill exotic animals and bring back trophies shows deeply rooted cultural problems in Western societies.
Dropping fences can help the fight against poaching by inviting the people living in surrounding areas to take care of the animals.
A company plans to flood the market with synthetic rhinoceros horn in an effort to slow poaching but these types of commercially driven conservation efforts are fraught with problems.
Using DNA testing, researchers find that most elephant poaching is happening in two spots – crucial information to stopping the flow of ivory out of Africa.