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As much as our attention has rightly been on the coronavirus pandemic of late, it is not the only crisis in the world worth focusing on.

Criminal gangs are developing more sophisticated techniques in the lucrative and illegal trading of wildlife. Journalists investigating this underworld need to respond with equally sophisticated tools.

Wole Elegbede, the project director at Press Attack Monitor, provides for IJNet a list of geo-mapping tools that are handy to investigate wildlife trafficking, developed by Oxpeckers, an investigative environmental journalism unit.

The Rhino PoachTracker, for example, aggregates original data from courts, law enforcement agencies and web scraping on rhino poaching incidents in South Africa. With a few clicks, you can see specifically rhino deaths and poaching arrests in the country as far back as 2010.

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