The pandemic has brought humanity’s strained relationship with nature into sharp focus.
Reptiles are consistently overlooked by regulators of the trade in wildlife, but many face extinction in the wild.
Enforcement at protected areas is key way to prevent bushmeat poaching, but it's also important to recognise the contribution bushmeat makes to livelihoods, incomes and food security.
Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a harsh light on global commerce in wildlife. But many accounts focus on demand from Asia, ignoring the role of US and European consumers.
In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?
Ecological systems are at breaking point and a global economic collapse is under way. It's time to invest in risk mitigation to prevent another COVID-type disaster.
Stressed animals are more likely to harbour new diseases because their immune systems are compromised.
If wildlife trade is forced underground it could become an even bigger threat to public health, fuel black market prices, and accelerate exploitation and extinction of species in the wild.
Wild animals and animal parts are bought and sold worldwide, often illegally. This multibillion-dollar industry is pushing species to extinction, fueling crime and spreading disease.
Wildlife crime is difficult to track but of deep concern since about 60% of primate species are now threatened with extinction.
Social media offers good conditions for wildlife trafficking to thrive.
Saving the rhino means tackling demand for its horn.
Local and indigenous communities remain mostly excluded from real benefits, and conservation often comes at a huge cost to them.
Rhino horn trade continues to be a highly lucrative business across the world.
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 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.
Many scientific names have changed since China's 'protected species list' was last updated in 1989.
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.
60% of the world’s largest carnivores and herbivores are classified as being threatened with extinction