All illegal wildlife products seized at U.S. ports of entry end up primarily in one place—the National Wildlife Property Repository in Commerce City, Colorado.
In November 2013, I was invited to cover the government's effort to destroy its six-tonne ivory stockpile, dating back to the 1980s, in a stand against elephant poaching. Inside the repository, ghastly horrors remain—rows of tiger heads with a lifeless plastic stares, tables made from elephant feet, and even a mounted tiger fetus, ripped from its mother's womb to adorn a coffee table.
Three years later, I returned, to document the often ignored trade in coastal species from Latin America and the Caribbean for Hakai Magazine.
THE U.S. WILDLIFE TRADE