A female eastern black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli) named Imara, at Great Plains Zoo in South Dakota.
The world’s biggest conference on wildlife trade is happening. Get the details.
Delegations from all over the world are gathering in Switzerland to discuss protections for more than 500 species. Follow live updates here.
GenevaEvery three years, there’s a global meeting to talk about the international wildlife trade—worth billions of dollars annually. At issue is an overarching question: How to balance this international commerce—which includes exotic pets, furs, and timber—without driving species to extinction.
The meetings are convened by the members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a treaty enacted in 1975. (Learn more about the treaty here: CITES, explained.)
Among the matters the 183 members will address at the latest meeting—which runs from August 17 through August 28 in Geneva, Switzerland—are the future of the ivory trade, illegal killings of rhinos and the rhino horn trade, management of African elephant populations, and the booming