Global Journalist: The Business of Poaching
Might your children or grandchildren someday live in a world without rhinoceroses or African elephants?
The chances of that are probably higher than you might guess.
There are just 350,000 elephants remaining on African savannas, one-tenth the number in 1900. And the population is estimated to be shrinking by 27,000 a year. The black rhino population has declined 93 percent since 1970.
On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the trade in elephant tusks and rhino horns that fuels the poaching industry that continues to decimate these endangered species.
Joining the program:
- Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia regional director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare
- Isabel Hilton, editor-in-chief of environmental news site ChinaDialogue.net and a contributor to The Guardian
- Aron White, campaigner, Environmental Investigation Agency