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 organized crime and terrorism throughout……

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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 the ivory trade is widespread……

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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