A free-standing kiosk at the Smithsonian's National Zoo enables visitors to gain a better understanding of the impact of wildlife trafficking. As the exhibit travels around the Zoo, the content will change to pertain to animals in the Zoo's living collection. It will highlight the steps visitors can take to make a difference and stop the demand for these products.
Biodiversity is threatened by the demand for illegal animal products made from at-risk and endangered species and the exotic pet trade. Wildlife trafficking is the world's fourth largest criminal market after drugs, weapons and human trafficking. The United States is the second largest market for wildlife and ivory.
Visitors can view the kiosk in the Elephant Community Center and learn about the illegal ivory trade's devastating impact on African and Asian elephant populations. The kiosk will move to the Great Ape House in September and then to the Bird House in January 2016. A free Wildlife Trafficking Day" event will take place at the Zoo Aug. 8. This exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Smithsonian Women's Committee.