Illegal Wildlife Trade

The illegal wildlife trade is consuming wildlife at alarming rates and is a grave threat to the survival of the earths’ species. This escalating trade, a black market turned ‘big business’, is estimated to be worth more than $15 billion a year. Elephant ivory and rhino horn might come to mind, but a myriad of plant and animal species are taken from their wild habitats and sold as pets, parts, products and more. Controlled by dangerous international criminal networks, this Illegal trade has been linked to terrorism and the trafficking of drugs, arms and people. Addressing it requires strategic efforts at all points in the trade and supply chain, from collector to consumer. This involves anti-poaching efforts, law enforcement and legislative action, education and public advocacy, and personal consumer behavior change.

We work to protect Elephants, Rhino, Slow Loris, Tiger and other threatened species.

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