Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking

Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking

by Rachel Love Nuwer


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An intrepid investigation of the criminal world of wildlife trafficking—the poachers, the traders, and the customers—and of those fighting against it

Journalist Rachel Nuwer plunges the reader into the underground of global wildlife trafficking, a topic she has been investigating for nearly a decade. Our insatiable demand for animals — for jewelry, pets, medicine, meat, trophies, and fur — is driving a worldwide poaching epidemic, threatening the continued existence of countless species. Illegal wildlife trade now ranks among the largest contraband industries in the world, yet compared to drug, arms, or human trafficking, the wildlife crisis has received scant attention and support, leaving it up to passionate individuals fighting on the ground to try to ensure that elephants, tigers, rhinos, and more are still around for future generations.

As Reefer Madness (Schlosser) took us into the drug market, or Susan Orlean descended into the swampy obsessions of The Orchid Thief, Nuwer—an award-winning science journalist with a background in ecology—takes readers on a narrative journey to the front lines of the trade: to killing fields in Africa, traditional medicine black markets in China, and wild meat restaurants in Vietnam. Through exhaustive first-hand reporting that took her to ten countries, Nuwer explores the forces currently driving demand for animals and their parts; the toll that demand is extracting on species across the planet; and the conservationists, rangers, and activists who believe it is not too late to stop the impending extinctions. More than a depressing list of statistics, Poached is the story of the people who believe this is a battle that can be won, that our animals are not beyond salvation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306825507
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 245,022
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Rachel Nuwer is an award-winning science journalist who regularly contributes to the New York Times, National Geographic, BBC Future, and Scientific American, among others. She lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I Drivers of Demand

1 The Hunter 3

2 Her Sister's Pangolin Scale Guy 33

3 Rhino Horn in the Cookie Tin 53

4 The Holy Grail of Her petology 85

5 White Gold 100

Part II Inside the Trade

6 The $50,000,000 Bonfire 123

7 The Cites Circus 153

8 Of Prostitutes, Poachers, and Politicians 169

9 The Front Line 207

Part III The Saving Game

10 A Park Reborn 223

11 If Rhinos Could Choose 257

12 My Tiger Wine Is Corked 279

13 Rising Moon Bears 310

14 Order Ahead for Pangolin 328

Acknowledgments 343

Bibliography 345

Index 362

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