Wildlife reports

Skin Deep

A briefing for the 57th meeting of CITES Standing Committee, 14-18 July 2008. Undercover work in China in June 2008 found 14 shops offering Asian big cat skins for sale, including nine whole snow leopard skins, 13 whole leopard skins, five pieces of leopard skin trim and a whole tiger skin

Availability of Tiger Bone Wine at Wild Animal Parks in China

A briefing revealing how animal parks in China are selling illegal tiger bone wine. Our investigators were offered tiger bone wine at ‘wild animal’ parks / safaris within a four-hour drive of Beijing. Despite national laws and strict regulations, businesses in China are still engaged in illegal trade in tiger products

Upholding The Law: The Challenge of Effective Enforcement

A briefing calling upon Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to acknowledge that environmental crime, including wildlife crime, is a form of serious transnational organised crime and to adopt appropriately stringent measures to tackle it effectively

Skinning The Cat

The illegal trade in poached skins between India, Nepal and China is the most significant immediate threat to the continued existence of the tiger in the wild. Although the importance of the problem has been recognised and information is readily available, the lucrative illegal trade continues.

Dead End

A briefing document on the construction of a game-proof fence around the Makgadikgadi National Park, the largest wetland habitat in Botswana. The fence will extend for 480km and is intended to limit the predator/livestock conflict that has beset local communities adjacent to the Park

The Tiger Skin Trail

A report released at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP13) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It reveals new evidence of the illegal trade in tiger skins, drawing together information from India, Nepal and China as the source, transit and destination countries