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Raise awareness to help end wildlife trafficking

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.


© Jon McCormack

The loss to tourism of a single elephant over its lifetime is more than US$ 1.6 million.

Elephants are worth more alive 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.

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© John Martin

Since 2003, more than 1,000 wildlife rangers have been killed in the line of duty.

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.

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© Jon McCormack

Poachers killed at least 1,305 rhinos in Africa in 2015, the highest number in decades.

The 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.

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© Art Wolfe

The annual estimated cost of illegal wildlife trade is in the range of $7–$23 billion*

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.


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© Jon McCormack

Wildlife trafficking poses a threat to international security.

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.

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In October 2016, 182 nations agreed to a total pangolin trade ban. Raise awareness today to help end wildlife trafficking:

182 nations agreed to a total trade ban on pangolins, the world's most trafficked animal

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.

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