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Africam’s Fight against the Illegal Animal Trade

By Stephanie Henkel

The fight against the wildlife black market is an uphill battle, but compassionate organisations are rising to the challenge.

Wildlife trafficking – the illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife products – is a $10 billion per year industry. This type of crime has become an endemic problem that is causing irreversible harm to many species and the environment as a whole. The demand for ivory is fuelling elephant poaching, especially when one tusk can be worth more than an African household’s annual income.