Hi! I’m Dina Fine Maron, a senior reporter at National Geographic who focuses on wildlife crime and animal exploitation. For about the past six months, I’ve been working on an investigation into illegal songbird trapping and trading in South Flori...
EDIT: Thanks so much for your questions! I had a lot of fun answering them and appreciate your desire to take action on this issue! I've got to jump on some other stories now, but please do read this songbird trapping story and share it with your friends! Until next time, thanks! - Dina
I spent time riding along with law enforcement in Florida as they pursued trappers, visited pet stores that deal in songbirds, and also learned a fair bit about the culture behind this practice by interviewing trappers and bird lovers alike. The story dives into the thriving underground trade in songbirds for pets, clandestine songbird competitions and why we should care about this issue. This is an example of wildlife crime that has happening right here in the United States. Looking forward to your questions and please do check out the story here: https://on.natgeo.com/2GtDLi6.
- For more wildlife crime stories, check out an earlier feature from me about $20,000 scarves made from Tibetan antelope.
- And this story about how hunters are pushing elephants toward losing their tusks.
- You may also be interested in Canada’s leech smuggling problem.
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