Illegal wildlife trade is big business and business is booming, generating billions of dollars a year for global criminal organizations and undermining decades of wildlife conservation. The United States is the second biggest consumer of wildlife contraband after China. As a major U.S. port, Seattle is part of the network that moves illegal wildlife products. But Seattle is also part of the solution: tech companies, government agencies, higher education, and NGOs are on the front lines to strategically protect wildlife and reduce the demand and supply for illegally trafficked wildlife.
Join Global Washington, the World Affairs Council, Woodland Park Zoo, the Port of Seattle, and Vulcan for a discussion with Dr. Samuel Wasser, Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, and Art Min, Vice President of Impact at Vulcan, on the scope of the problem and how Seattle is innovating to combat wildlife trafficking. Kerston Swartz, Senior Public Affairs and Advocacy Manager at the Woodland Park Zoo, will moderate the conversation.
Registration & Reception: 5:00pm – 5:30pm
Moderated Discussion: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
This event is free to attend but registration is required.
Thursday, June 6
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where925 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104