Efforts to Curb Ivory Trafficking Spreading, but Killing Continues
Stories that put a face on wildlife crime enable solutions, says National Geographic's crime investigator.
Ask anyone in America to name an organized crime figure, and chances are they can do it: Al Capone in the 1920s. "Bugsy" Siegel in the 1930s and '40s. John Gotti in the 1970s and '80s.
Ask anyone in America to name an international organized crime figure, and chances are they can do that: Maybe they'll mention Pablo Escobar, who helped lead the Medellín drug cartel for nearly two decades until he was killed in 1993. They might mention "El Chapo" Guzmán, the Mexican drug kingpin who was arrested this year.
But ask anyone in America—anyone in the world, for that matter—to name an international wildlife trafficker, and chances are they won't be able to give a single name, even though wildlife