Trade in Africa’s Critically Endangered Wildlife Could Have Triggered the Pandemic

Wildlife trafficking is one of the biggest illicit industries in the world, raking in $26 billion a year for criminal networks and decimating fragile ecosystems across Africa and beyond.

Now it seems that a critically endangered mammal called the pangolin, 10,000 of which are poached and trafficked every year, may have been the COVID-19 carrier that allowed the virus to jump from bats to humans.

Discover the full story behind the global wildlife trafficking industry here: