Wildlife smuggling

A scaly pangolin with small, brown eyes and a pointy nose forages for food near some greenery.

Pangolin smuggling: The next coronavirus time bomb?


For years, the plight of the pangolin has been a niche concern, mostly worrying conservationists. But the COVID-19 pandemic has pulled pangolins into the spotlight.

Wuhan outdoor market

COVID-19 brings new scrutiny to illegal wildlife trafficking

Health & Medicine
Dead snakes are preserved in jars at a snake farm in Zisiqiao village, Zhejiang province, China, on Feb. 22, 2013.

China cracks down on wildlife trade amid coronavirus outbreak


When you buy ivory, you may be funding al-Shabab terrorists


In Kenya, Violent Elephant Poaching Increases at an Alarming Rate

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Ivory Poachers in Central Africa are Hunting Elephants with Heavy Artillery

Conflict & Justice

Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa Bureau Chief for The New York Times, wrote that the poaching of elephants for the illegal ivory trade has gotten out of control in Central Africa, and has become increasingly militarized.

The Living on Earth Almanac

This week, facts about… CITES , the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the largest wildlife treaty in the world, enjoying its twenty-fifth anniversary this month.

Endangered Elephants

In 1989, an international ban on selling ivory was heralded as a victory for elephant conservation. But nearly two decades later, the ivory trading industry remains in tact. In 2002, authorities confiscated six and a half tons of ivory in the largest seiz

Poaching Pictures

A photographer’s undercover snapshots reveal a graphic and thriving market in Asia’s exotic poaching trade.