Mareeg.com-Often overlooked in the inventory of illicit trafficking challenges facing Africa is the explosion of wildlife poaching. Surging demand for ivory and rhino horn, mainly in Asia, has put wild African elephants and rhinoceroses on the path to extinction – and with it the loss of a unique and valuable African natural resource. More than an environmental tragedy, however, this trade has exacerbated other trafficking threats and led to the co-option of certain African security units. Significantly, the vast majority of consumers and those profiting from this illicit trade are from outside the continent, making this a truly transnational challenge.
In this latest Africa Security Brief, “Wildlife Poaching: Africa’s Surging Trafficking Threat,” Bradley Anderson and Johan Jooste examine the factors driving this security threat, some areas of progress in addressing the problem on the continent, and the urgency of taking further action if the trend in wildlife killings – and the bolstering of criminal networks in Africa – are to be reversed. (Click here to download the brief.)
Africa Security Briefs present applied research and analysis aimed at advancing understanding of Africa’s security challenges. Previous Africa Security Briefs can be downloaded at: http://africacenter.org/acss-publications/security-briefs/.
French and Portuguese translations of this article will be sent to subscribers shortly and will be available on the Africa Center’s website at: http://africacenter.org/.