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These men were apprehended in January 2011 while trying to sell a tiger skin near Chandrapur, India. These men were captured by local informants in a program set up by The Wildlife Protection Society of India who pay local people for information when they see someone poaching wildlife or illegally cutting trees. Illegal trade in tiger bone, eyes, whiskers, penises, teeth and other parts for traditional Chinese medicine may generate up to five million dollars a year on the global market. Most poaching is done by local people trying to supplement their income.

Photograph by Steve Winter, National Geographic

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Engineering for the Wild
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Engineering for the Wild

A rocket scientist and engineering activist, SHAH SELBE has swum with sharks in the Pacific and been charged by elephants in Botswana. These experiences deepened his love for nature and led him to invent cutting-edge conservation drones and sensors that are saving the environment—on land ...

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  • Concepts: africa, botswana, conservation, data, drones, elephant, emerging explorers, engineering, environment, family, fishing, kids, marine ecosystems, nature, ocean, okavango river, poaching, pollution, renewable energy, science, shah selbe, stem, stem education, student matinees, students, technology
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Engineering for the Planet
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Engineering for the Planet

Rocket scientist and engineering activist SHAH SELBE has been charged by elephants in Botswana and swum with sharks in the Pacific. Experiences like these only deepened his love for nature and led him to invent cutting-edge surveillance drones and sensors that are saving the environment—on lan...

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  • Concepts: africa, botswana, conservation, data, drones, elephant, emerging explorers, engineering, environment, fishing, marine ecosystems, nature, ocean, okavango river, poaching, pollution, renewable energy, shah selbe, technology
The Economics of the Illicit Ivory Trade
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The Economics of the Illicit Ivory Trade

Explore the issues of supply and demand that fuel the illegal trade in ivory, and go undercover to learn about the rising prices of black-market ivory.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: africa, african elephants, asia, cites, conservation, crime, illegal trade, ivory, poaching
A Natural History of the African Elephant
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A Natural History of the African Elephant

Explore the physical characteristics and social behaviors of the African elephant.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: african elephants, amboseli national park, animal behavior, animal characteristics, conservation, ivory, kenya, poaching
Endangered Animals
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Endangered Animals

Many animal species are at risk of becoming extinct, or dying out. Learn more with this world map.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: animals, endangered species, extinction, habitats, poaching
Tanzania’s Ivory Stockpile
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Tanzania’s Ivory Stockpile

Go behind the scenes to view Tanzania’s controversial ivory stockpile.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: africa, cites, conservation, elephants, illegal ivory trade, ivory, poaching, tanzania
The History of the Ivory Trade
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The History of the Ivory Trade

Trace the deadly history of the illegal ivory trade.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: africa, african elephants, asia, conservation, ivory, poaching
Partners in Elephant Conservation
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Partners in Elephant Conservation

Community involvement plays a key role in elephant conservation.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: africa, african elephants, conservation, illegal ivory trade, kenya, poaching, richard bonham
Altered Elephant Behavior
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Altered Elephant Behavior

Poaching is causing alarming changes in the behavior of African elephants.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: africa, african elephants, animal behavior, conservation, ivory, poaching, tanzania
Trafficking Poached Ivory
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Trafficking Poached Ivory

Discover how smugglers move poached ivory from Africa to the Chinese market.

  • Concepts: africa, african elephants, crime, illegal ivory trade, ivory, mombasa, kenya, poaching, smuggle, tanzania
Craft or Species
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Craft or Species

Weigh the craft of ivory carving against the survival of elephants.

  • Concepts: africa, african elephants, arts, china, illegal ivory trade, ivory, poaching
Conservation and Big Cats
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Conservation and Big Cats

Students read a National Geographic Education article, “Big Cats’ Big Problem,” and identify the threats to big cat populations and how the Big Cats Initiative is working to address those threats.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: big cats, conservation, habitat loss, human conflict
Big Cats in Captivity
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Big Cats in Captivity

Students watch the National Geographic video, "Kobu the Lion," and explore the negative consequences of keeping big cats in captivity and the challenges sanctuaries face in trying to care for them.

  • Best for: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)
  • Concepts: big cats, endangered species, exotic pets, lions, sanctuary
Tiger Terror
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Tiger Terror

A Siberian Tiger makes a rare attack in Russia.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: big cats, cats, competition, endangered species, habitat destruction, poaching, siberian tigers, tigers