Extinction Trade. Endangered animals are the new blood diamonds as militias and warlords use poaching to fund death.

Grim Menagerie. A look inside the global trade in exotic animals
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2008-03-01 - Zakouma, Chad , Sharon Begley, NEWSWEEK

The marauders galloped into Zakouma National Park in Chad, the last refuge of that country's once thriving elephant population. Rather than bother with the few remaining elephants, the attackers last May were after the 1.5 tons of ivory—worth as much as $1.3 million—that Chadian officials had seized from poachers over the years and stored in a strongroom at park headquarters. Neither the audacity of the attack nor its brutality—the raiders killed three park rangers—shocked wildlife offic...

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