Tibet: the wild yak

The wild Tibetan yak (野牦牛) was once widespread across the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, with an historical range stretching from northern India and Nepal, and throughout the Chinese provinces of Gansu, Sichuan, Qinghai and Xinjiang. It was even found in Kazakhstan, Mongolia and parts of southern Russia until the 18th century, though any real trace of it […]

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U.N. trafficking resolution passed

It has long been known that wildlife crime, be it trafficking or poaching, is committed by organised, transnational criminal gangs. The global illegal wildlife market is estimated at $10 to $20 billion dollars by Interpol, with links and trade routes that snake across the global – the majority of which lead to and from Southeast […]

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Africa: Bounty hunting

Namibia is home to almost 2,000 endangered black rhinos, and in order to finance conservation efforts they have been auctioning off permits to hunt one of the animals. They auction off 5 permits a year, and hunting permits have long been a source of income for Namibian conservation efforts. The most recent permit was auctioned […]

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