U.S. Embassy Zambia

The Future of the Elephant Is In Our Hands

November 3, 2015


We caught up with Dr. Michelle Gadd from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to chat about wildlife conservation and the state of elephants and rhinos in Zambia.  Michelle said wildlife trafficking, though illegal, moves without much public acknowledgment and without proper statistics.  She says it’s a global problem.  Animals are moved, dead or alive by people for pet trade, ivory trade and rhino horn use.  Michelle goes on to say that with the advancement of technology, things are changing for the better.  She also explains that president Obama has made it a priority that all U.S. Government agencies must work together and regard Wildlife trafficking as a high priority crime. This decision has made it possible to allocate more resources towards wildlife security.