Tag: wildlife trafficking

March 8, 2018

Who’s smuggling what where? It’s complicated, research finds

From elephant ivory to caiman skin and caged parrots, the international wildlife trade traffics thousands of tropical products around the world and puts all kinds of species at risk. A...

November 2, 2016

Giant rats sniff out illegal pangolin trade

African giant pouched rats (Cricetomys gambianus) have an excellent sense of smell and have previously been used to sniff out landmines and tuberculosis. Now, with funding from the U.S. Fish...

The African savanna elephant
July 10, 2015

DNA Reveals Major Ivory Poaching Hotspots

While most anti-poaching efforts for elephants have focused on curbing demand of illegal ivory products, a recent study went straight to the source — poaching hotspots in Africa. In the...

Tiger skin
June 16, 2015

New Exhibit Highlights Poaching’s Toll on Wildlife

Consider this: Last year, more than 1,200 rhinoceroses were slaughtered for their horns; in 2013, 20,000 elephants were killed for their tusks and ivory; and in the last century, the...