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The War for Wildlife: Dispatches from Wildlife Conservation Society

Wildlife Conservation Society | May 22, 2013

CREDIT: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS.

The illegal trade in wildlife threatens some of the world's most beloved species, and globalization has heightened many of the dangers. Armed criminal networks have pushed the elephant slaughter in Africa to roughly 35,000 deaths per year. Forest elephants in particular are being poached out of existence, their tusks sold to Asia to meet a seemingly insatiable demand for ivory. Tigers and rhinos—coveted for their organs, hides, and horns—face a similar fate.

From remote landscapes to customers in shady bazaars, the traffic in wildlife touches on many topics that demand global attention and action. In this multipart series, "The War for Wildlife: Dispatches from WCS," scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society will explore what's driving this gruesome business, along with the tools and strategies deployed to combat it. They will look at issues like habitat loss and the global pet trade, new uses of mapping technology, and government partnerships to bust restaurants and other smugglers of exotic animals.

Established in 1895, Wildlife Conservation Society is today the oldest and largest global conservation NGO, managing some 500 projects in more than 60 countries around the world. Our work changes attitudes toward nature and helps millions across the globe to live in harmony with the world they depend on for their sustenance and livelihoods.

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