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World Wildlife Day 2020 – 5 things to know about the illegal wildlife trade

Today, far more tigers exist in captivity than in the wild. Image: REUTERS/Johannes Eisele

Johnny Wood

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A BABY PANGOLIN SITS ON THE BACK OF ITS MOTHER AT A ZOO IN BHUBANESHWARA BABY PANGOLIN SITS ON THE BACK OF ITS MOTHER AT A ZOO IN BHUBANESHWAR.A baby pangolin sits on the back of its mother at a zoo in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneshwar February 22, 2001. The Nandan Kanan Zoological Park is believed to be the only zoo in India that houses such pangolins, and has been doing so since 1971. There are seven pangolins in the zoo  zoo captivity wildlife world wildlfe day animals beavers whales ducks pesticides coral krill dogs puppies hound cute Australia great barrier reef sea oceans underwater water  Biodiversity indigenous native tribe tribes tribal flora fauna human rights insects plants crops growth preservation conservation environment renewable solar energy change transition friendly environment carbon footprint carbon emissions reduction change natural climate change global warming air pollution clean energy power renewables plastic plastics conservation conservationist habitat cages growth coral rejuvenation climate change environment environmental fish mammals Hippocampus Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Wild Fauna and Flora endangered vulnerable  poaching illicit illegal trade ivory reserves
Pangolin scales are a delicacy in parts of Asia. Image: REUTERS
Royal Bengal tigers are pictured inside an enclosure at the Central Zoo in Lalitpur, Nepal  zoo captivity wildlife world wildlfe day animals beavers whales ducks pesticides coral krill dogs puppies hound cute Australia great barrier reef sea oceans underwater water  Biodiversity indigenous native tribe tribes tribal flora fauna human rights insects plants crops growth preservation conservation environment renewable solar energy change transition friendly environment carbon footprint carbon emissions reduction change natural climate change global warming air pollution clean energy power renewables plastic plastics conservation conservationist habitat cages growth coral rejuvenation climate change environment environmental fish mammals Hippocampus Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Wild Fauna and Flora endangered vulnerable  poaching illicit illegal trade ivory reserves
Between 7,000 and 8,000 tigers are believed to be held captive on breeding farms. Image: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
White rhinoceros Bruno (R) and Gracie are seen in their enclosure at Thoiry zoo and wildlife park, about 50 km (30 miles) west of Paris, France, March 7, 2017. Poachers broke into the zoo last night, shot dead four-year-old male white rhino called Vince, and sawed off its horn in what is believed to be the first time in Europe that a rhino in captivity has been attacked and killed  zoo captivity wildlife world wildlfe day animals beavers whales ducks pesticides coral krill dogs puppies hound cute Australia great barrier reef sea oceans underwater water  Biodiversity indigenous native tribe tribes tribal flora fauna human rights insects plants crops growth preservation conservation environment renewable solar energy change transition friendly environment carbon footprint carbon emissions reduction change natural climate change global warming air pollution clean energy power renewables plastic plastics conservation conservationist habitat cages growth coral rejuvenation climate change environment environmental fish mammals Hippocampus Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Wild Fauna and Flora endangered vulnerable  poaching illicit illegal trade ivory reserves
There are only about 20,000 White Rhinos left in Africa. Image: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
A group of elephants are seen near a watering hole inside Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe  zoo captivity wildlife world wildlfe day animals beavers whales ducks pesticides coral krill dogs puppies hound cute Australia great barrier reef sea oceans underwater water  Biodiversity indigenous native tribe tribes tribal flora fauna human rights insects plants crops growth preservation conservation environment renewable solar energy change transition friendly environment carbon footprint carbon emissions reduction change natural climate change global warming air pollution clean energy power renewables plastic plastics conservation conservationist habitat cages growth coral rejuvenation climate change environment environmental fish mammals Hippocampus Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Wild Fauna and Flora endangered vulnerable  poaching illicit illegal trade ivory reserves
African elephants are one of the most heavily poached mammals on Earth. Image: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
 poaching illicit illegal trade ivory reserves zoo captivity wildlife world wildlfe day animals beavers whales ducks pesticides coral krill dogs puppies hound cute Australia great barrier reef sea oceans underwater water  Biodiversity indigenous native tribe tribes tribal flora fauna human rights insects plants crops growth preservation conservation environment renewable solar energy change transition friendly environment carbon footprint carbon emissions reduction change natural climate change global warming air pollution clean energy power renewables plastic plastics conservation conservationist habitat cages growth coral rejuvenation climate change environment environmental fish mammals Hippocampus Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Wild Fauna and Flora endangered vulnerable
Seizures of illegal worldwide trade by type between 2005 and 2014. Image: Statista
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