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Conservation activists suing Indonesian zoo could inspire global action on endangered species trade

By Jacob Phelps, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Governance, Lancaster University
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In a court in rural Indonesia, an environmental group recently filed a lawsuit of global importance. Their case is against a zoo in North Sumatra that it’s alleged illegally exhibited threatened species, including Komodo dragons and critically endangered Sumatran orangutans.

The illegal wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar industry…


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