Africa Security Brief No. 28

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Wildlife Poaching: Africa’s Surging Trafficking Threat

By Bradley Anderson and Johan Jooste

May 31, 2014

Two white rhinos (Photo: Karl Stromayer)

Surging demand for ivory and rhino horn, mainly in Asia, has put wild African elephants and rhinoceroses on the path to extinction. More than an environmental tragedy, however, wildlife poaching and trafficking has exacerbated other security threats and led to the co-option of certain African security units. African states need to develop a broad range of law enforcement capabilities to tackle what is effectively a transnational organized crime challenge. Asian and other international partners, meanwhile, must take action to reduce runaway demand for wildlife products.

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