As part of our commitment to illuminating and protecting the wonder of our world, the National Geographic Society funds Wildlife Watch, an investigative journalism project that reports on wildlife crime and exploitation. By covering critical topics in the illegal wildlife trade, this project shines a light on the commercial-scale exploitation of wildlife and other valued resources, identifies weaknesses in national and international efforts to protect wildlife, and empowers institutions and individuals working to save at-risk species.
Wildlife Watch reporting has resulted in noteworthy actions and interventions, including Instagram’s decision to add a disclaimer to hashtags commonly used with unethical wildlife tourism practices following our report on wildlife tourism in the Amazon.
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impact image by Kirsten Luce/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC