An Elephant’s Carcass, and the Horror of Poaching

A journalist’s harrowing encounter in an African park highlights the brutal costs of illegal wildlife trafficking.

Squinting at the ground, I suddenly spotted a deflated gray balloon, fallen amidst piles of withered brown leaves and pale, skeletal trees. Though I had been reporting on the poaching crisis in Africa and Asia for years, it was the first time I had seen a victim of the illegal trade in person. (Visual: )

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