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In my last blog post I focused on outlining the causes for the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn. Since then, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform those of you whom aren't aware, that the planet's last remaining Northern White rhino resides in Kenya and is guarded by armed rangers 24/7 (Mosbergen 2015). Let that sink in for a minute. One of the planet's few megaherbivores has his own armed body guards who have a shoot to kill policy for anyone who intends to cause harm to him and risk their own lives in the process of protecting him. ISN'T THIS INSANE!?

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The illegal trade of live animals or parts and plants has been a problem for centuries. Not all wildlife trade is illegal though; it’s only when the harvesting escalates into a crisis and becomes unsustainable and often pushes endangered species to extinction. However, it hasn’t been until recently that there has been an unsurpassed spike in the unlawful trade, especially with concern to ivory, rhino horn, and tiger products.

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