Undercover: Catching Wildlife Traffickers

Wildlife trafficking is one of the largest illegal trades in the world, bringing in billions of dollars each year. Government agencies are often ill equipped to deal with wildlife crimes, causing many criminals to see the trade as an enticing low risk, high-profit venture. A 2015 National Geographic emerging explorer, Onkuri Majumdar, is trying to change this by helping government agencies crack down on the illegal trade. Here, Majumdar talks about strategically working to protect these animals—including slow lorises, tigers, and pangolins—and bring wildlife criminals to justice. 

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