I’m sitting at the airport, waiting for my plane to go back home and reflecting on all the experiences I had on the past year in #hongkong
It was no doubt the most intense year in my short career so far, full of victories, defeats, frustrations and accomplishments. I had the opportunity to work with local authorities inspecting incoming illegal wildlife trade and teaching them how to use our new DNA Toolkit to detect CITES-listed sharks and eel species, leading to shark fin seizures and the first prosecution of European eel smuggling in Hong Kong. Now they are fully equipped to continue the work thanks to @vulcaninc
I also had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with passionate scientists, lawyers, economists, educators, advocates, journalists, TRUE CONSERVATION HEROES, that dedicate their lives to fight for wildlife in the largest wildlife trade hub in the world, behind the cameras, away from the spotlight and definitely without the recognition their deserve. They put up an amazing fight against wildlife crime at all fronts, pushing for new laws, collaborating with local authorities and policy makers, generating REAL scientific data, and educating the next generations to care and make a difference. I will be forever grateful to all of them for teaching me so much and making me feel like home. I look forward to come back in a few months to keep generating data on the shark fin markets, aid local authorities with law enforcement, and starting new and exciting research projects!
@admcf @stankaga @sallysonnex @theiceman_explores @wildaidhk @hongkongsharkfoundation @kadoorie_farm_botanic_garden
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