Bryan Christy

Statement from the National Geographic Society National Geographic Explorer and investigative reporter Bryan Christy testified today before the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs during a hearing on U.S. interests in Africa. Christy, who is also the director of special investigations for the National Geographic Society, shared his knowledge and firsthand experience of investigating...

A new international analysis of consumer ivory demand released today by the National Geographic Society and GlobeScan presents empirical evidence that there is a substantial ivory market driven by ivory’s perceived suitability for gift giving and the social status ivory ownership conveys. This is despite the fact that support for government action to ban or limit...

Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body has issued a fatwa, or edict, against illegal wildlife trafficking. This unprecedented step by the Indonesian Council of Ulama, in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, declares illegal hunting or illegal trading of endangered species to be haram (forbidden). Read the full story on our daily news page....

On Tuesday the Obama Administration announced a national strategy on wildlife trafficking, including new restrictions on the ivory trade designed to create “a near complete ban” on the commercial sale of African elephant ivory in the U.S. Read the full story on our daily news page....

On Tuesday the Obama Administration announced a national strategy on wildlife trafficking, including new restrictions on the ivory trade designed to create “a near complete ban” on the commercial sale of African elephant ivory in the U.S. Read the full story on our daily news page....

Last week police in Togo arrested three men and seized the largest shipment of illegal ivory in West African history, breaking a record for ivory seizures from that region set just six days earlier. Officials seized 2.1 tons of ivory on January 29; they had seized 1.7 tons on January 23. According to officials, both...

Last week police in Togo arrested three men and seized the largest shipment of illegal ivory in West African history, breaking a record for ivory seizures from that region set just six days earlier. Officials seized 2.1 tons of ivory on January 29; they had seized 1.7 tons on January 23. According to officials, both...

In a surprising step, China last week became the latest in a growing number of countries to publicly destroy large quantities of ivory to bring attention to the global trade in illegal ivory. From any angle, China’s move has important and positive implications for the fight against an illegal ivory trade that is killing tens of thousands...

In a surprising step, China last week became the latest in a growing number of countries to publicly destroy large quantities of ivory to bring attention to the global trade in illegal ivory. From any angle, China’s move has important and positive implications for the fight against an illegal ivory trade that is killing tens of thousands...

Chinese media reported last week that China has convicted a major ivory seller in Fujian and his accomplices for their role in an international ivory trafficking scheme that smuggled nearly eight tonnes of ivory out of Kenya, Tanzania, and Nigeria. The arrest and conviction of a government-accredited ivory trader by Chinese authorities is a major...

During a week when the world learned that yet again a massive slaughter of elephants has taken place, this time of 89 elephants in Chad, many of which aborted upon being shot, I am struck by this video from ABC World News, which takes us inside the Apostolic Palace that Pope Francis I now calls...

When I was in third grade, I ran for class mayor against Susan Peek, whose uncle was our town’s actual mayor. The class held a debate, aired on the local TV station. I lost the race on two grounds. First, the cupcakes I gave out with “Vote 4 Bryan” on them were from a bakery,...

This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convened a roundtable discussion on the illegal wildlife trade entitled Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action. [Read her remarks.] A number of new programs were announced. If I were briefing the Secretary on what these programs might prioritize as they move toward implementation, I would offer...

“Blood Ivory: Ivory Worship” is generating keen interest in the Philippines. The country’s ivory trade has been the cover story of the Philippine newspapers this week and is receiving similar attention across the country, especially on the island of Cebu. Earlier today Jose S. Palma, Archbishop of Cebu, held a press conference, “Ivory Worship and...

By Bryan Christy Last week,  Anson Wong, the world’s most notorious international wildlife dealer, walked out of a Malaysian  prison a free man after a Malaysian Appeals Court reduced his sentence for trafficking wildlife from five years to time served—17 months. Wong, who featured prominently in the National Geographic story “The Kingpin” (January 2010), was...