A Journey to the Frontlines of the Illegal Wildlife Trade

by Nuwer, Rachel

Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone meets Rachel Carson’s The Silent Spring as science journalist Rachel Nuwer takes readers on a narrative journey to the frontlines of the trade—killing fields in Africa, jungles in Vietnam, medicinal shops in China, ivory black markets in New York City—where individuals ranging from scientists to wardens to Buddhist monks are fighting to stop the impending extinctions from the illegal poaching of endangered animals.

THE WORLD WITHOUT WILDLIFE will explore the forces currently driving demand for animals and their parts; what we stand to lose if those species fail; and how frighteningly close we are to seeing many of them disappear. But it’s not a depressing list of statistics: it’s a riveting story of people who believe that this is a battle that can be won and fight every day to make sure that happens.

Rachel Nuwer is a freelance science journalist who contributes to outlets such as the New York Times, Smithsonian, Scientific American, New Scientist, Popular Science, Audubon, and more. She regularly blogs about wildlife for Smithsonian and publishes a column, Last Place on Earth, with BBC Future. She wrote her ecology master’s thesis at the University of East Anglia, England, on the illegal wildlife trade and natural resource use in Vietnam. Her wanderlust has taken her from southern Mississippi to 58 countries, six of which she has lived in.

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