Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! As World Animal Day drew to a close yesterday, so did CITES—a bi-annual convention that regulates wildlife trade and animal conservation. For the last two weeks, lawmakers from across the world have gathered in South Africa to discuss the most effective ways to conserve thousands of species—everything from elephants and rhinos to psychedelic rock geckos and barbary macaques. Here are some of the major takeaways, straight from the World Wildlife Fund.
With illegal and unsustainable trade endangering wildlife across the world, governments united today behind a series of tough decisions to provide greater protection to a host of threatened species and bolster efforts to tackle soaring levels of poaching and wildlife trafficking.
Gathered in South Africa for the world’s largest ever wildlife trade meeting—the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)—more than 180 countries voted to maintain the international ban on trade in ivory and rhino horn, while adopting global bans on trade in pangolins and African grey parrots.