Blood Ivory: Ivory Worship
Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?
Curse of the Double Eagle
All eyes turn forward as David Redden, Sotheby’s vice chairman and top auctioneer, mounts his pulpit. A silver-haired man with large ears and dark eyes, he adjusts his microphone and picks up his gavel.
Inside the Deadly Rhino Horn Trade
Here’s how a pair of South Africans could undermine the international efforts to protect the vulnerable animals.
In the taxidermist’s hands, even extinct animals can look alive. But preservation is one thing, and conversation’s another.
An expose of the worlds most notorious wildlife dealer, his special government friend and his ambitious new plan.
The Serpent King: The Capture of Anson Wong
It began almost innocently. A broken lock on a suitcase moving through Kuala Lumpur International Airport this summer led to an odd discovery: nearly 100 baby boa constrictors, two vipers, and a South American turtle, all hidden inside.
Armed groups help fund operations by smuggling elephant ivory. Can fake tusks with hidden GPS trackers thwart them?
Why Does Wildlife Crime Reporting Suck?
Did you read the story about the illegal trade in gorilla testicles? Have you seen the one about parrots poached in Brazil using glue? How about the news bulletin last week about the guy at LAX with Australian lizards strapped to his chest?
Bryan Christy’s work for National Geographic News can be found here