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Poached

Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
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Our insatiable demand for animals - for jewelry, pets, medicine, meat, trophies, and fur - is driving a worldwide poaching epidemic, threatening the continued existence of countless species. Illegal wildlife trade now ranks among the largest contraband industries in the world, yet compared to drug, arms, or human trafficking, the wildlife crisis has received scant attention and support, leaving it up to passionate individuals fighting on the ground to try to ensure that elephants, tigers, rhinos, and more are still around for future generations.

As Reefer Madness (Schlosser) took us into the drug market, or Susan Orlean descended into the swampy obsessions of The Orchid Thief, Nuwer - an award-winning science journalist with a background in ecology - takes listeners on a narrative journey to the front lines of the trade: to killing fields in Africa, traditional medicine black markets in China, and wild meat restaurants in Vietnam. Through exhaustive first-hand reporting that took her to 10 countries, Nuwer explores the forces currently driving demand for animals and their parts; the toll that demand is extracting on species across the planet; and the conservationists, rangers, and activists who believe it is not too late to stop the impending extinctions.

©2018 Rachel Love Nuwer (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Fascinating

Recommended for anyone interested in wildlife conservation, illicit trade, or animal welfare. Pretty funny at parts, too!

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Excellent snapshot of the devastating wildlife trade

The most thorough and engaging book I’ve seen on this surprisingly complex issue. Great writing and refreshingly solid narration performance. The story covers the main issues around the most prominent wildlife trade species at the moment: elephants, rhinos, tigers, pangolins, and bears.

Highly recommend this book, and hope it inspires more support for efforts at protecting this vanishing wildlife.

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Interesting in the poaching activities

Its great work of investigations in the different species and continents.
Its has some parts that are not interesting, missions connections in chapters, going back and forwards some times.

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  • H. L. Reynolds
  • 03-15-19

Disappointed.

Disappointing. Read a review regarding this book. However I was very disappointed. Too long and very repitive. Was more about the author and how great she was rather than the story. Narrator was also a poor choice. Don't waste money purchasing this book.