Curbing the soaring demand for rare animals

Vietnam is seeing a growing demand for wildlife products - whether it's the bile of bears, a digestive juice stored in the creatures' gall bladder and prized as an aphrodisiac, or the meat of rare snakes which is considered a delicacy. The result is that species such as crocodiles, large snakes, bears, monkeys and hedgehogs are disappearing faster than their habitats. If things continue that way, experts estimate that at least 12 species of vertebrates and 200 bird species are likely to die out in the next 40 years. Conservation groups have launched a host of projects to train rangers, fight demand and support the local economy to provide former poachers with an alternative source of income.

A film by Grit Hofmann



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