Caring for Wildlife

It’s easy, publishing a blog on natural history museums and wildlife trafficking, to focus on instances where wildlife was hurt or treated unethically. Although the situation is all too common, for the first post of 2017, it’s worth paying attention to a selection of positive stories that will make difference to fight against wildlife crime. … More Caring for Wildlife

New Report Reveals Disturbing Trends in Tiger Trafficking

Bengal Tiger in Kamataka, India. Photo: Paul Mannix Johannesburg, South Africa, 29th September 2016—a new report from TRAFFIC and WWF found no evidence of any diminution in tiger trafficking across Asia. Seized body parts equate to at least 1755 tigers confiscated between 2000 and 2015—an average of more than two animals per week. Published ahead … More New Report Reveals Disturbing Trends in Tiger Trafficking

Wildlife Witness App Helps Stop Trafficking

If you’re traveling to Southeast Asia, there is an app that will allow you to identify and report wildlife that is being illegally traded. In 2014 Sydney’s Taronga Zoo partnered with TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, to create Wildlife Witness, the first global community action smartphone app in the fight against illegal wildlife trade. … More Wildlife Witness App Helps Stop Trafficking

2015 Meeting Report

The second annual meeting of the ICOM NATHIST Wildlife Trafficking Working Group was hosted by the National Taiwan Museum on the 18th of October  2015, in association with the ICOM NATHIST annual conference. This meeting was an important advance on work to date. At the meeting, we were very fortunate to have delegates from institutions … More 2015 Meeting Report

Crime Museum in Washington DC hosts workshops on drones and the wildlife trade

The Crime Museum in Washington DC (which is sadly shortly going to close its doors) has hosted sell-out workshops this summer to show people how to make the kind of drones that protect wildlife from poachers in situ. They said: In 2014 over 40,000 elephants and 1,200 rhinos were killed by poachers for their ivory … More Crime Museum in Washington DC hosts workshops on drones and the wildlife trade

Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

Museum professionals trying to come to grips with the scale of risk of their collections might well pay attention to the scale of the problem of wildlife trafficking itself. Earlier this month, an enormous crackdown on illegal wildlife and wildlife products shines a light on the scale of the issue. From Yahoo! UK A global … More Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband