Open ocean sharks are globally threatened with extinction. Knowing where they are helps us protect them. Here, new research into silky sharks reveals priorities for conservation.
Most wildlife is trafficked openly, while dark web markets sell animals, plants and fungi as drugs. But this could change if there’s a clampdown on open trade.
Trade in exotic pets online is far more prevalent and diverse than previously thought. Threatened species, invasive species and banned imports are all for sale.
Over 100 shark and ray species were recently added to an international treaty, known as the CITES list, to protect them from the threat of unsustainable and illegal trade.
Tigers exist in South Africa because they’re being intensively farmed for commercial trade in live individuals or their body parts.
The findings suggest that poaching rates are lower where there is strong national governance and levels of local human development are higher.
Countries have voted to limit the international shark trade, but this fails to account for the diversity in fishing contexts around the world.
Japan was one of the world’s largest ivory markets – research explains why the country is no longer a key destination for the product.
Tackling this global problem requires an international effort – particularly by rich nations where the demand for exotic pets is increasing.
International proposals to ban the trade of polar bear parts undercut Inuit rights, knowledge and decision-making.
We analysed the legal systems regulating the wildlife trade in China. Here’s what we found.
A public debate recently erupted among global taxonomists. Strongly-worded ripostes were exchanged. A comparison to Stalin was floated. But eventually, they worked it out.
New science shows that estimates of the African lion numbers are underpinned by weak methods. But several new studies from Kenya and Uganda show that lions can be counted robustly.
For decades nations have worked to curb international sales of endangered plants and animals. But in countries like China, with high demand and speculative investors, that strategy fuels bidding wars.
Shark fisheries in Indonesia are an important economic resource in several areas. Hence, stronger regulations are needed to prevent declines in shark population.
CITES’ decision seeks to increase levels of monitoring so that we can be more and better informed about the illegal trade of Mukula and over-harvesting.
In large ecosystems, managing elephant populations so they don’t exceed a certain threshold number is arbitrary.
As the ultimate custodians, it is urgent that African countries with elephants take
ownership of the processes at CITES.
Dozens of cities, states and nations are enacting bans and restrictions on single-use plastic bags and other items. A legal expert explains how a global treaty could build on these efforts.
With their jewel-like colours, Colombia’s poison frogs are coveted by collectors. Does naming their species help protect them or make them a target for trophy hunters?