Illegal Wildlife Trade (E)
Wildlife smuggling is a global epidemic. Worth billions of dollars a year, the illicit trade is driving animals such as rhinos, elephants, pangolins and sharks toward extinction. In a little over a century, the world has lost 97 percent of its tiger population. Poaching and illegal wildlife trade pose serious threats to some of the world's most valuable and ecologically important species. Though many countries have adopted a legal framework for wildlife conservation, it's the enforcement of the law that holds the key. With criminal networks getting more sophisticated than ever, new high-tech approaches, scientific technologies are being developed to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.