Inside the world of wildlife trafficking (part two) – podcast

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In the second part of our look at wildlife crime, Phoebe Weston and Patrick Greenfield from the Guardian’s age of extinction project look at another victim: orchids. Why are they valued so highly? And how are they being protected?


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  • Michael Fay is a senior research leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the co-chair of the orchid specialist group for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  • Amy Hinsley is a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford and the co-chair of the orchid specialist group for the IUCN.
  • Noushka Reiter is a senior researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria based in Melbourne.
  • Find out more about the age of extinction here.
    Let us know what you think of the episode, and any stories you’d like us to cover in the future. Leave a comment below or send us an email at: [email protected]
  • This podcast was amended on 17 June 2021. An earlier version ran a reply from eBay about a post on its website selling an orchid without the legal permits to do so. The reply stated that this activity didn’t fit eBay standards and that eBay removed the post. The reply from eBay was removed from the podcast as the final version of the script did not mention the orchid that was posted for sale on its website.
  • The picture on this article was changed on 17 June 2021 as it incorrectly identified an iris as an orchid.

A yellow bunch of orchid flowers hang from their plant.

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