Vivek Menon is a leading wildlife conservationist, environmental commentator, author, photographer and policy think tank with a passion for elephants. Founder of five environmental and nature conservation organisations, Menon spearheads Wildlife Trust of India as its Founder, Executive Director and CEO. He is the current Chairperson of the IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group, Member of the Species Survival Commission Steering Committee and Senior Advisor to the President of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. He is the President of Asia for the Society for Conservation Biology. He has trained enforcement staff of over 50 countries in prevention of illegal wildlife trade. He is the author/editor of ten wildlife books, including the bestselling Indian Mammals: A Field Guide, scores of technical reports and more than 250 articles in various scientific and popular publications. Indian Mammals is a landmark publication, being the first of its oeuvre in independent India to be written by an Indian. It has been translated into several languages and printed in several editions around the world.
THE WET MARKETS : ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE, SPECIES EXTINCTION AND HUMAN HEALTH:
Vivek Menon and Grace Ge Gabriel in conversation
Dedicated wildlife conservationist Vivek Menon and intrepid animal welfare professional Grace Ge Gabriel speak about live wildlife markets and the risks of zoonotic diseases and pathogens that they pose to humans while endangering several species of wildlife. A crucial conversation on the clear and present danger of rampant illegal trade and sale of wildlife that has been highlighted by the COVID pandemic and its origins in China’s Wuhan wet markets.