Poaching in East Africa’s national parks and other protected areas is one of the biggest threats to wildlife conservation in the region. It is mainly done to feed the illegal wildlife trade, a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that puts endangered species such as elephants and rhinos are risk of extinction.
Conservationists in parts of East Africa have intensified the fight against wildlife trafficking through the use of canine units, which sniff out illegal wildlife products along major trade routes, such as air and seaports. Chowoo Willy reports on the impact these efforts are having.
This story was produced following a workshop on wildlife trafficking and conservation as part of the Earth Journalism Network's East Africa Wildlife Journalism program.
Banner image: Workshop participants learn about the canine unit managed by Kenya Wildlife Services in Mombasa, Kenya / Credit: Sara Schonhardt