Despite signing up to global initiatives seeking to protect wild tigers and double their number by 2022, Government departments in China have quietly set about stimulating domestic markets for tiger skins and body parts.
Animal rights groups in Zimbabwe are fighting to stop more of their country’s baby elephants from being taken from the wild and sold to zoos in China, which pay handsomely for these animals from Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped national parks.
Harbin Siberian Tiger Park in Northern China claims to be the world’s most successful centre for breeding Siberian tigers. It’s also where tourists can pay to have live animals fed to these tigers.
In 30 years of fighting poachers, Paul Onyango had never seen anything like this. 22 dead elephants, including several very young ones, clumped together on the open savanna, many killed by a single bullet to the top of the head.