WWF Reports Wildlife Trafficking Occurs in Protected Areas

Holding a degree from Seth G.S. Medical College in India, Dr. Pradeep Ghia spent more than 30 years leading a private cardiology practice in Pennsylvania. Although he has retired, Dr. Pradeep Ghia maintains a commitment to helping people and the planet through his support of organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The leading conservation organization in the world, the WWF released a report in April of 2017 that focused on the illegal trafficking of species from ecologically important areas. According to the report, many of these areas are World Heritage Sites that support a wide range of animal and plant species.

Roughly 40 percent of African elephants are protected at these sites, as are nearly a third of wild tigers. Critically endangered species such as Javan rhinos are also found at these sites.

Despite the protected status of such areas, the WWF report found that illegal logging, poaching, and fishing occur in close to 30 percent of World Heritage Sites. These actions bring species closer to extinction and threaten the communities that rely on the areas. In light of these results, the WWF is calling for more coordinated prevention of wildlife trafficking by national authorities, the World Heritage Convention, and CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).