With fewer than 500,000 elephants left on earth, both species – African and Asian – are in peril. Asian elephants are classified as endangered, with fewer than 40,000 remaining worldwide and African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Set against snowcapped mountains near Draper, Utah, a gleaming glass building houses a growing cadre of frontline wildlife defenders. There are no camouflage clothes here, nor stealth tactics to avoid a poacher’s ambush; these are digital rangers, armed with algorithms and cyber skills to detect wildlife crime online. Here, at a service center of e-commerce multinational eBay, staff work to prevent, review, and remove illegal listings for animal products and live animals, including endangered species.