Wild Animals

Investigating the gritty truth behind the Amazon’s wildlife selfie trade

May 6, 2019

Wild animals are increasingly being exploited for selfies in Peru. We went undercover to see first-hand the shocking suffering these animals endure We approached and saw a range of animals – sloths, giant anteaters, monkeys and birds – within metres of each other. They were up on a couple of wooden platforms with thatched roofs. And they were all being handled by a never-ending stream of tourists […]

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Stories from our Romanian bear sanctuary

April 30, 2019

People often try to tell us it’s impossible to save wild animals from poaching, wildlife entertainment and trade. That’s when I draw strength from the work we do to protect bears. In the past ten years, we’ve rescued 87 bears from heart-breaking treatment where they were forced to entertain people at restaurants, or kept in […]

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Nowhere’s safe for the last of our big cats

February 6, 2019

There’s a roaring trade in big cats being used for traditional Asian medicine, and it’s clawing its way across the globe Modern marvels Facial transplants, bionic eyes and 3D printed body parts – the medical breakthroughs of recent years are nothing short of dazzling, mind boggling wonders. People are living longer, survival rates are higher, and there are cures and […]

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There are no winners in the elephant tourism industry

January 22, 2019

We know elephants are suffering at tourist attractions. But our new research reveals that their trainers and keepers – known as mahouts – are losing out too ‘A mahout is an elephant rider, trainer, or keeper. Usually, a mahout starts as a boy in the family profession when he is assigned an elephant early in […]

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Sloth selfies: how we discovered the true impact

January 11, 2019

Our research shows that when sloths are taken out of their natural habitat to be handled by tourists, it damages their health and mental wellbeing Each year, hundreds of sloths are taken from the wild to be used as photo props for tourists. Of the six species of sloth, brown-throated three-toed sloths are most commonly […]

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Breaking barriers and sharing intelligence to fight eco-crime

December 11, 2018

We presented ‘The implications of animal protection for the financial sector’ at one of the largest global gatherings of enforcement, government, legal and financial professionals The event gave us the chance to build on relationships with organisations and professionals that can ultimately help us tackle animal welfare issues such as wildlife trafficking, through improved communication. […]

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