More than 100,000 African elephants have been killed in the past three years by poachers and every year more than 1000 endangered African and Asian rhinos are shot or trapped.
It’s part of a global trade in wildlife worth billions, run by armed and well-organised criminal syndicates.
John Scanlon leads the global fight against this illegal trade.
He’s the secretary general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora — or CITES.
He says while many species are under immediate threat from illegal trafficking, climate change represents a longer term threat.