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‘A monster we left in the corner’: The endurance of Asia’s tiger trade and the new ‘Tiger Queens’

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The seizure of goods en route from Nigeria to Vietnam was shocking in only its size. The Nigerian Customs Service, working with British Border Force officers, intercepted a shipment of 10 tonnes of tusks, bones and scales, believed to be from 709 elephants, 11 lions and 10,658 pangolins.

More than one year into a pandemic believed to potentially have the illegal wildlife trade at its origins, with over two million officially reported dead and trillions of dollars lost; wildlife trafficking appears in rude health.

Most noteworthy from the seizure in January 2021, aside from the staggering numbers of endangered species with a market value of over $16m, is the presence of lion. Wildlife experts believe that African lions have become a casualty of the more nebulous tiger trade.

This article was published by The Independent on February 16, 2021.