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Poached

Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking
Written by: Rachel Love Nuwer
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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probably the best book I've listed/read this year

I think this with its style really made me think about rhinos is it better to farm some of them (Short term) something I can't believe I'm saying

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  • Annie
  • 2018-11-30

Fascinating

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

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  • shi difu
  • 2018-10-16

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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  • Gabe
  • 2020-04-13

great read

This is a fantastic book! I loved it and was disappointed only bc I finished it and couldn't keep listening! Admittedly I preferred the talk of pangolins and could have listened to an entire book about her experiences around them the whole book was great and really opened my eyes to many things I was unaware of... so far one of the best books I've listened to regarding wildlife on Audible!

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  • marsrox
  • 2020-04-05

Sad, but worth it.

I debated whether or not to listen to this book. I knew the content would make me sad, angry, and frustrated. But nevertheless I proceeded, because I had to, not because I wanted to. The stories and acts covered in this book are grotesque and sickening. But if we continue to ignore them, to stick out heads in the sand, they will go on unchecked until our most precious natural resources are gone.

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  • Diego Gaytan
  • 2019-04-29

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.