November 10, 2020
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In this episode we discuss the fascinating world of poaching and wildlife trafficking detailed in the booked POACHED with author Rachel Nuwer.
Rachel is an award winning journalist who covers conservation & science for The New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific American and more. We dive in one some of the bigger macro themes from the book and discuss her journey putting it together.
POACHED does a great job of balancing a terrifying look behind the curtains of the wildlife trafficking world while also visiting with incredible people working to stop it and exploring long term solutions. This oscillation between horror and hope makes a for a really compelling read combined with Rachel’s sense of urgency and curiosity that weave through her investigative work.
Please get a copy of the book here. We promise you’ll come away more informed than ever about wildlife trafficking and how we can stop it!
(2:01) RACHEL’S BACKGROUND AND JOURNEY WRITING POACHED
(11:30) WALKING THE FINE LINE BETWEEN HORROR & HOPE
(13:01) COVID IMPACT ON WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
(16:40) WILDLIFE FARMING AND CONSERVATION COMMERCIALIZATION
(23:01) IMPACT OF TRADITIONAL ASIAN MEDICINE
(26:45) THE MANY SHADES OF GRAY OF POACHING CONSTITUENCIES
(34:01) FUN MOMENTS IN THE BOOK FROM THE ELEPHANT STARE DOWN IN CHAD TO GOING UNDERCOVER IN KINGS ROMAN
(43:06) RACHEL’S RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS