The recent death of Sudan – the world’s last male northern white rhino – has reignited debate about the best way to preserve endangered wildlife around the globe. Although scientists plan to use Sudan’s genetic material to repopulate his species, some conservationists believe future resources should be spent toward protecting species critical to the ecosystem. Others suggest that some animals should be allowed to die out, while big game hunters argue that the money they pay to go on safari helps fund conservation efforts.

So, are some endangered species more worthy of being saved than others? And what could be the potential costs and consequences of trophy hunting?

The Stream hosts a panel of conservationists and trophy hunters to explore some of the strategies being used to ensure the future of the world’s wildlife.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Jimmiel Mandima, PhD. @JJMandima
Director Program Design & Partner Relations, African Wildlife Foundation

Charlie Mayhew @tusk_org
CEO & Co-Founder, Tusk Trust

Executive Director, Dallas Safari Club

Hugh Possingham @HugePossum
Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Read more:

Should Some Species Be Allowed to Die Out? - The New York Times
African leaders are pressing Europe to follow China’s lead by ending ivory trade - Quartz
Banning trophy hunting could do more harm than good - University of Cambridge

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