Many hunters leave hippos’ corpses behind and return home with just 12 teeth as their “trophies.”

Many hunters leave hippos’ corpses behind and return home with just 12 teeth as their “trophies.”

Hippos are one of the most recognizable creatures on the planet, with their barrel form, massive teeth, and jaws that can expand to nearly 180 degrees. Hippos are also a keystone species because their behavior, as “ecosystem engineers,” helps form and preserve landscapes and ecosystems while also promoting biodiversity. Their presence is vital to the […]

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Chinese special economic zones hotspots for wildlife trafficking, surveys say

Chinese special economic zones hotspots for wildlife trafficking, surveys say

SINGAPORE — Special economic zones set up to promote trade between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors are facilitating a black-market trade in wildlife products, according to watchdog group TRAFFIC. Tens of thousands of prohibited wildlife parts and products are being sold across open and unregulated markets in five Southeast Asian countries, with a significant […]

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Wildlife trafficking, like everything else, has gone online during COVID-19

Wildlife trafficking, like everything else, has gone online during COVID-19

MANILA — When COVID-19 emerged in early 2020 in Southeast Asia, its governments took rapid containment actions: lockdowns, travel restrictions and trade suspensions, alerting the public about the virus. The pandemic has also put illegal or unsustainable wildlife trade under the spotlight due to enhanced restrictions on movement and increasing awareness about the public health […]

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