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Canadian Geographic - - EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK -

FOR ALL THE great ar­ti­cles we pub­lish, there are dozens of equally amaz­ing sto­ries that re­main un­told. We sim­ply don’t have the space to tell them all. Still, many of those pieces sim­mer, and even­tu­ally we find an op­por­tu­nity to share them. For in­stance, I’ve wanted to pub­lish a story on the global trade of il­le­gal wildlife for about five years now. I got the idea af­ter a visit to On­tario’s now-closed Muskoka Wildlife Cen­tre, which was ded­i­cated to re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing na­tive species that had been kept il­le­gally as house­hold pets. Dur­ing the visit, the cen­tre’s Jody North men­tioned that the In­ter­net had com­pletely changed the world of buy­ing and sell­ing na­tive and en­dan­gered species. Es­sen­tially, you can get any an­i­mal you want on­line. This year, the plan­ets aligned and we as­signed Les­lie An­thony to in­ves­ti­gate Canada’s con­nec­tions to the world­wide wildlife racket. An­thony fo­cused his piece (“Bio­di­ver­sity apoc­a­lypse,” page 52) on the work of Shel­don Jor­dan, the di­rec­tor gen­eral of wildlife en­force­ment for En­vi­ron­ment Canada and chair of the IN­TER­POL wildlife crime work­ing group. The re­sult­ing story was worth the wait. Of course, as our an­nual wildlife is­sue al­ways does, we also cel­e­brate the best of Cana­dian species, from our fea­ture photo es­say on the Yukon’s unique pop­u­la­tion of ice grizzlies (page 42) to the re­turn of bi­son to Al­berta’s Banff Na­tional Park (page 32), and much more. —Aaron Kylie To com­ment, please visit can­geo.ca or email ed­i­tor@cana­di­an­geo­graphic.ca. For inside de­tails on the mag­a­zine and other news, fol­low ed­i­tor Aaron Kylie on Twit­ter (@aaronkylie).

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