From the shutting of the U.S. ivory market to the clampdown on captive tiger facilities like the famous Tiger Temple, we rounded up some of this year’s most important triumphs over wildlife crime.
In June Thai authorities seized 137 captive tigers from the Tiger Temple amid allegations that monks were illegitimately speed-breeding and trafficking the big cats.
In many ways 2016 was a milestone year for fighting wildlife crime and abuse. The Great Elephant Census, the largest ever wildlife survey, was finished, providing new information that can be used to better protect elephants from poachers. Then there was the assembly of representatives from more than 150 countries at the triennial meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora to contemplate and decide how best to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. Here are what we see as seven of the year’s largest victories.