Ivory, Tortoise Shell & Fur:
The Ugly Truth of Wildlife Trafficking

Opening May 2017

Wild AidFrom capture to trade, there is an international crisis concerning protected species in the wild. Poachers are abusing and killing innocent animals and turning their fur, bones, or shells into products such as purses, medicines, and jewelry. When traveling, tourists are often not aware that these souvenir products are illegally manufactured, and even in the U.S., black bears are being killed for use in Asian medicines.

This exhibit is made possible by the collaborated efforts of the following organizations: Freeland Foundation, International Fund for Animal Welfare, INTERPOL, Kashmir World Foundation, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, WildAid, Wildlife Trust of India, and the Center for Conservation Impact. Illegal wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, and has recently been linked to funding various terrorist organizations, threatening national and global security.

This exhibit will explore how endangered species are effected by poaching, and what you can do to help stop the practice.

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