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Ivory-Inferno-Gabon. Copyright: WWF-Canon / James Morgan Illegal Wildlife trade

Are we winning the battle?

I remember as a young child thinking how appalling it was that people would buy and sell wildlife into extinction. It seemed so senseless and unnecessary. I thought when I grew up I had to do something about it. It’s illegal and wrong, I reasoned, so it couldn’t be that complicated to fix could it? […]

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Group photo of the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. Photo courtesy of Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Illegal Wildlife trade

London Conference round up: Is the tide finally turning on illegal wildlife trade?

WWF-UK’s species conservation work is almost exclusively focused on protecting species abroad. This means I work from our base at the Living Planet Centre in Woking focused mostly on activities happening thousands of miles away. However, this week the global attention on one of our priority issues – the illegal wildlife trade – was focused […]

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Seized poacher's weapons and poached ivory. Copyright: James Morgan. Illegal Wildlife trade

All eyes on London in the fight against illegal wildlife trade

On 12 and 13 February the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade will seek to inject a new level of political momentum into global efforts to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. I’ve been working alongside colleagues from TRAFFIC (the joint wildlife trade programme of WWF and the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN) […]

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Two black rhinos grazing.

Why we want to give CITES teeth

Over two a day. That’s how many rhinos have been killed by poachers in South Africa this year. Their horns likely destined for illegal markets in Asia, mostly in Vietnam. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is often considered one of, if not the most effective international […]

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Laboratory work for DNA testing, to stop illegal wildlife trade Rhino diary

Day 5 – How technology is helping to combat rhino poaching

Large-scale organised criminal syndicates are more engaged in wildlife trafficking, seeing the money to be made. And their methods are getting more sophisticated – helicopters, GPS and tranquiliser darts are all being deployed in these criminal activities. So it’s essential that we ramp up our efforts and make greater use of technology to combat the threats to rhinos.

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