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.
Civil war, deforestation, disease and poaching nearly drove mountain gorillas at Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park to extinction, and humans remain their biggest threat. But thanks to conservation efforts and ecotourism, numbers of the gentle giants are increasing again.