wildlife crimes recorded in India
WPSI, a wildlife conservation organization founded by Belinda Wright, has recorded over 20,000 wildlife crime cases. While Khan was convicted in 2007 for hunting blackbuck for sport, other wildlife crimes, involving poachers and traders, were found to have targeted over 400 species of wildlife. WPSI has information about 16,000 wildlife criminals and their associates, inter-state wildlife traders, smuggling routes, and new poaching and new poaching trade routes. The most threatened wildlife species in India are, of course, tigers, elephants, leopards, and rhinos. There are just 26,000 to 30,000 elephants left in the wild in India. According to WPSI data, 18 elephants were poached between January and September last year for their tusks to meet the demand for ivory. The agency has recorded the loss of over 120 elephants due to poaching between 2008 and 2011.