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The fight to protect the world’s most trafficked wild commodity

Chinese demand for rosewood—trafficked more than ivory, rhino horn, and pangolin scales—is fueling a crisis in Guatemala's forests.

Jose Baudillo leans over a thin rosewood log lying on a bed of dark red wood chips and wraps a tape measure around one end.

  • Eileen Guo
  • National Geographic

“This one is young”—less than 16 inches, he says to his boss, Eddy Ottoniel Palencia.

The log had been cut illegally in …

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