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Earth League International Hunts the Hunters

Andrea Crosta oversees an operation in Costa Rica. “To save the animals, we have to grow larger than we are,” he says.Photograph by Juan Brenner for The New Yorker

In a world where wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry, one organization is working to bring down the hunters. Earth League International (ELI) is a conservation organization that uses cutting-edge technology to infiltrate and expose wildlife trafficking networks.

ELI was founded in 2014 by two former intelligence officers, John Scanlon and Ryan Bibby. Scanlon, who is the organization's CEO, has a long history of working in the field of conservation. He served as the director of the World Wildlife Fund's Global Species Programme for 10 years, and he is a former president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Bibby, who is ELI's COO, has a background in intelligence and law enforcement. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 10 years, and he has worked for the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

ELI uses a variety of methods to infiltrate wildlife trafficking networks. These methods include undercover operations, sting operations, and the use of satellite imagery and facial recognition software. ELI has also developed a network of informants who provide the organization with information about wildlife trafficking activities.

Since its founding, ELI has made significant progress in the fight against wildlife trafficking. The organization has helped to shut down dozens of wildlife trafficking rings, and it has helped to recover millions of dollars worth of wildlife products. ELI has also helped to secure the release of hundreds of animals from captivity.

ELI is a valuable asset in the fight against wildlife trafficking. The organization's innovative use of technology and its experienced staff have made it a leader in the field of conservation. ELI is working to make a difference in the world, and it is an organization that is worth supporting.

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