Wildlife trafficking is a global problem. One of the best ways to counteract the illicit trade and profit is through education. Share these facts about wildlife trafficking and help make a difference.
Elephants are worth alive more than dead. This statistic, from the iworry campaign of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, proves it. Furthermore, poaching and trafficking of elephants and other species threatens economic growth in African countries that depend heavily on wildlife tourism for jobs and income.
Wildlife rangers are on the frontline between poachers and prey — the literal boots on the ground trying to keep wildlife alive and out of the hands of the organized criminal networks that profit from their death and sale.
world’s five remaining rhino species face unprecedented challenges. For rhino populations to recover, we need both an immediate halt to their rampant killing and a permanent shift in attitude to halt global demand for rhino horn.
A growing body of evidence is showing that a recent
upswing in poaching is financing an increasingly sophisticated — and dangerous — criminal effort to smuggle wildlife goods such as elephant ivory, rhino horn, shark fins and other species such as pangolins.
*UNEP and INTERPOL
The killing of African elephants for ivory is
linked to organized crime and many believe it is linked to the funding of terrorist networks. Areas controlled by militants and gangs are used as staging areas for smuggling illegal ivory, and the profits from poaching are used to fund weapons purchases.
For over a decade, Conservation International has worked in Cambodia’s Central Cardamom Protected Forest — a key pangolin habitat — supporting the enforcement of wildlife protection laws, and engaging communities in wildlife patrols and forest management. CI also helped establish a center for rehabilitating injured pangolins confiscated from illegal trade and preparing them for a return to the wild.