Poaching, and We Don't Mean Eggs #507

January 04, 2019

We all know poaching elephants for their ivory and pangolins for their scales is wrong, right? Then why do people keep doing it? We speak with Rachel Nuwer, author of the book "Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking", to find out, and figure out what can be done to stop it. And we'll talk with Vincent Nijman about why, when scientists find a new or rare species, they might want to keep that exciting information to themselves.

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This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science News.


  • Rachel Nuwer
  • Vincent Nijman

Guest Bios

Rachel Nuwer

Rachel Nuwer is an award-winning freelance journalist who regularly contributes to the New York Times, National Geographic, BBC and more. Her first book, "Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking", explores the sources of demand for animals and their parts, the impacts that demand has on humans and wildlife in the field, and possible solutions. She was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast but now calls Brooklyn home.

Vincent Nijman

Vincent Nijman's research programme focuses on assessing the impact of human-induced disturbances (logging, fire, fragmentation, wildlife trade) on vertebrates, with primates as one of the model groups. He is furthermore interested in biogeography, hotspot analysis and conservation area selection, and phylogeny and DNA-barcoding.

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