(London Telegraph) Today, a major summit begins in London aimed at tacking the $19 billion a year trade in illegal wildlife trade, which is causing the populations of some of the most charismatic and endangered species on Earth to crash to critical levels.

Last year, 1,004 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone, and more than 25,000 elephants were killed by poachers across Africa. That is three elephants every hour, every day. If there is one thing that every participant at the summit can agree on, it is that the current approach is not working.

That is why I want to ask those in attendance to think about using science and mathematics to combat the poachers who are threatening the very existence of some of the world’s most iconic wild animals.

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