What do hummingbirds, tigers, butterflies and pangolins have in common? Along with many others, all of these animals are trapped, hunted and trafficked around the world. Fuelled by poverty, superstition and corruption, the illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion-dollar industry that is pushing entire species towards the brink of extinction.
In her new book, Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking, journalist Rachel Love Nuwer mounts a globe-trotting adventure to brink this murky world to light. Through interviews with poachers, middlemen, rangers and conservationists, Nuwer highlights the scale and complexity of this illicit trade–and some surprising glimmers of hope.
To read more, check out my guest review of Poached on the Read More Science Blog: https://readmorescience.com/2018/11/16/an-ecologist-takes-readers-into-the-underground-of-illegal-wildlife-trafficking/