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Wildlife Trade: From Tiger King to COVID-19

April 22, 202021:42

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW our guest is author, journalist, and Wilson Global Fellow, Sharon Guynup. Sharon describes the two-year investigation into the "tiger tourism" industry she and photographer Steve Winter conducted for National Geographic. The Netflix hit series Tiger King tells part of the same story, but Guynup says it fails to expose the dark underbelly of exotic animal trade where the tigers and other often rare and endangered species are the true victims. The discussion also connects the dots between wildlife trade and zoonotic diseases, explaining the underlying risks that created the conditions for COVID-19 to emerge.

The program features images provided by award-winning photographer, Steve Winter. You can learn more about Steve's work by visiting his website.

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