Fighting Wildlife Crime: New U.S. Strategy Broadens Scope

Customs searches of the personal suitcases of Chinese nationals uncovered contraband ivory at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2011. (Photograph by Brent Stirton, National Geographic)

By Laura Parker

President Obama’s new national strategy to combat illegal wildlife trafficking around the globe is intended to be far more sweeping than curbing the poaching of African elephants. It is also aimed at combating organized crime in unstable African countries.

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