Special Issue "Wildlife Crime: Issues and Promising Solutions"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Stephen F. Pires
Guest Editor
Department of Criminal Justice, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
Interests: Situational Crime Prevention; Crime Mapping; Conservation Criminology; Wildlife Crime
Dr. George Olah
Guest Editor
Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Interests: Forensic Genetics; Conservation Biology; Wildlife Trade; Conservation Genomics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The poaching of wildlife for profit, pleasure, subsistence, or as a result of human–animal conflict has decimated wildlife populations—particularly those of at-risk species. Given the ease of poaching wildlife throughout the world and the significant demand for specific species and their derivatives, wildlife trafficking is among the most profitable illicit transnational industries (Moreto and Pires, 2018). Seizure and government reports have shown a steady increase in wildlife trafficking, and many of the most endangered species continue to experience population declines. Despite technological advancements to detect and prevent poaching and trafficking, current approaches to curb the trade have had limited success and are not working. This Special Issue on “Wildlife Crime: Issues and Promising Solutions” has a broad objective of soliciting empirical research on the nature of the illegal wildlife trade; novel solutions to track, prove, and prevent wildlife crime; and evaluative research on enacted legislation or interventions that have the potential to be replicated in other contexts. Altogether, this volume of work is an effort to significantly contribute to our understanding of how the illicit trade operates and provide viable solutions to mitigate threats to protected wildlife.

Dr. Stephen F. Pires
Dr. George Olah
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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  • poaching
  • wildlife crime
  • wildlife trafficking
  • illegal wildlife trade
  • human-animal conflict
  • rangers
  • protected areas
  • forensic genetics
  • tracking animal trade
  • online trade of wildlife

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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