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Illegally harvested ivory and endangered plants, mammals, reptiles, birds, and even insects are easily found for sale throughout East and Southern Africa. And this is just one part of the multi-billion-dollar illegal global trade in wildlife.
Wildlife is an important and even vital asset for both intrinsic and economic reasons. Yet it is illegally exploited on a massive scale to the point where some species now risk extinction. Exploiting the Wilderness provides a concise overview of this shameful business, describing some of the main species being exploited and examining select wildlife whose survival is imperiled due to heavy pressure from poachers to meet consumer demand.
Greg Warchol draws on his firsthand experience and research in Africa to examine the structure and operation of the illegal trade in wildlife. He identifies the participants as well as their motivations and operations, and explains the behavior of poachers, traffickers, and consumers of illegally obtained goods. He concludes with a description of legislative and law enforcement efforts to control and prevent wildlife exploitation along with a number of contemporary conservation initiatives designed to improve the ability of rangers to protect wildlife.
Terms and Abbreviations
1. The Illegal Trade in Wildlife: An Overview
2. Wildlife Conservation Laws and Agreements
3. The Offenders
4. Explaining Wildlife Crime
5. Consumers of Protected Wildlife
6. Protecting Wildlife
7. Future Issues and Developments
Greg L. Warchol is Professor of Criminal Justice at Northern Michigan University.
"I have spent many years in Africa watching elephants, rhinos, and other animals that are now being pushed toward extinction by the horrific wildlife trade. Greg Warchol writes about this from years of his own personal research, covering all angles. For anyone wanting to learn more about the problem, and possible solutions, I highly recommend this book."
– Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, United Nations Messenger of Peace
"So few books have been written on endangered species/wildlife trafficking that Exploiting the Wilderness offers a welcome enhancement of our understanding. Of particular importance is Warchol's application of various criminological theories to the problem. His use of his own field research and scientific observations further distinguishes the book. Exploiting the Wilderness is a worthy addition to the nascent field of criminology and wildlife crimes/trafficking."
– Jacqueline Schneider, Professor of Criminal Justice Sciences, Illinois State University, and author of Sold into Extinction: The Global Trade in Endangered Species
"Exploiting the Wilderness provides an insightful tour of Warchol's extensive fieldwork in Africa researching the illegal wildlife trade. Filled with personal tales of his experiences, the book is an accessible and informative take on a serious but overlooked criminal act in the field of criminology. He concludes with a thoughtful look at solutions to the ongoing threat of extinction from the illegal trade in wildlife."
– Tanya Wyatt, Associate Professor in Criminology, Northumbria University Newcastle, and author of Wildlife Trafficking: A Deconstruction of the Crime, the Victims, and the Offenders