The illegal trade of wildlife, worth roughly $19 billion (17 billion euros) each year, is the world's fourth largest illegal international trade - after narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking.
Trade and traffic in animals is many driving species around the world toward extinction. Efforts are being made to stem the trade. Below is an automated compilation of DW content on wildlife trade and trafficking.
Wild animals immediately spring to mind when thinking about conservation efforts across Africa. But as DW discovers, COVID-19's disruption of the tourism and conservation industry could be destroying the continent's most sustainable treasure in rural areas.
East Africa is dealing with the worst locust infestation in decades. No one knows why millions of fruit bats descend on one particular spot in Zambia every year — but they are actually helping our environment. We also hear how South Africa's Black Mambas are keeping rhinos safe by stopping the invasion of poachers.
Every year, hundreds of rhinos are killed by poachers in South Africa's national parks. Many gamekeepers sell their knowledge on where to find the animals. Economic deprivation is one major reason for poaching. The Black Mambas, an all-female gamekeeper crew, want to put an end to these practices and convince men in their own villages to spare the animals.