Iraq is often featured for its wars and conflicts, but the country also boasts a rich natural environment. Spanning jagged mountains in the north to pristine deserts in the south, it offers a habitat to 84 endangered mammals, birds, reptiles and fish species. Wildlife conservationists are trying to strengthen laws and raise awareness to save these species from extinction. Simona Foltyn reports.
Illegal hunting is not just threatening wildlife in Iraqi Kurdistan. It is wiping out ever-shrinking populations of endangered species across the country, including here in Iraq’s southern deserts bordering Saudi Arabia.
Just like in Iraqi Kurdistan to the north, the environmental police don’t have the resources to enforce the law.