More than 1,000 game wardens murdered protecting wildlife

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Members of the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, a South African and majority-women ranger group. Photo: Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit

Over 1,000 game wardens have been killed in the line of duty in the past ten years, the head of the UN-backed treaty that regulates global wildlife trade, CITES, has confirmed.

In the fight against poaching and the illegal trafficking of wildlife, front line defenders such as conservation officers, customs officials and game wardens are increasingly being targeted.

On World Wildlife Day, observed 03 March, people are being reminded that the "future of wildlife" was in their hands, with a special emphasis on the lives of elephants.

CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon began by sharing with Jocelyne Sambira the latest figures of African elephants killed for their tusks.

Duration: 4'30''

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