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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa


 

Don’t miss: Tigers – Hunting the Traffickers on BBC2 on 4 March 2020 at 9pm

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For anyone concerned about the illegal wildlife trade, this surely is a must-see programme – especially so if you’re a big cat or tiger lover.

Aldo Kane reports on the illegal tiger trade in south east Asia in an episode for BBC2’s Natural History series

The big cats are trafficked for products such as wine and glue, made from their bones.

Aldo Kane is a formal commando.  He now trains African anti-poaching teams.   And he spends time in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam following the route of trafficked animals which end up as tiger bone medicine or aphrodisiacs for Chinese and Vietnamese customers.  He shows how the breed is on the brink of extinction – there are about 4,000 tigers left in the wild – and almost 8,000 held captive in zoos, breeding units and basement cages across south east Asia.

The breeding and farming of captive tigers drives consumer demand for tiger products and in turn fuels wild tiger poaching.

Aldo Kane gets into farms by breaking in or posing as a tourist or customer, and gathers evidence, aided by local colleagues, which he presents to CITES in Geneva.  CITES is short for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.  

Tigers – Hunting the Traffickers is on BBC2 on Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 9pm.  It will be available shortly after broadcast for viewing.

Visit the programme’s website here.

Risking life and limb on the hunt for the tiger traffickers

DON’T LEAVE THIS PAGE JUST YET!

Please take a look at Education for Nature – Vietnam.   They are working to educate people in Vietnam and further afield and in so doing, to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. 


They have a number of videos (which they call public service announcements) they have put together to educate people about the illegal wildlife trade and to tell people not to get involved in it.   Take a look at the videos and share them if you can.


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  1. Sally Longson

    Hi Mary, Thank you for your comments and question. I think there's a lot that can be done, in educating people and in supporting organisations working to help stop illegal wildlife trafficking, and also putting pressure on where we can to stop it as well. I am putting some ways to help together. It was an awful programme in many ways but I'm glad the BBC showed it - people need to know what is happening. The bravery of the investigators was quite something; they are amazing!

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  2. mary davies

    Sad. For the cruel lives of these magnificent creatures as individuals and the abuse of an irreplaceable species. Disappointed once more in parts of humanity but proud of the bravery of others. Is there anything we can do?

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