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EditPhoto Title:Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking
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EditImage Description:Herd of elephants in african savanna at sunset
EditPhoto Credit: © Jon McCormack
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Every 15 minutes, an elephant is killed for its ivory. That’s nearly 100 elephants a day — almost 40,000 elephants a year — a gruesome practice that could wipe out this species within a generation.

The illicit trade in endangered animals and plants — from elephant ivory to rhino horns to illegally logged hardwoods — has an even darker side. There is mounting evidence that this trade is a source of funding for organized crime and global terrorist n​etworks, to the tune of ​US$ 10 billion a year​. Wildlife trafficking doesn’t affect the security of just one habitat or one species​ — it affects the security of us all.

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EditSection HeadingWhat are the issues and what is CI doing?
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Edit Title:Promoting national and global security
Edit Text: Profits from wildlife trafficking benefit criminal syndicates and terrorist organizations, promote corruption and erode good governance. The illegal timber trade generates US$ 30 billion to US$ 100 billion annually, creating enormous economic distortions in global wood markets. CI works to inspire action on the role of nature in promoting economic, national and global security; through its engagement with the U.S. government, CI supports legislation like the recently enacted END Wildlife Trafficking Act.
LEARN MORE: The direct connection between conservation and global security
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Edit Photo Alt Text: Confiscated elephant ivory at the Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters of Tsavo West National Park.
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Edit Title:Partnering to eliminate illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking
Edit Text: By partnering with governments, nonprofits, businesses and civil society, we promote a comprehensive approach to addressing the threats posed by wildlife trafficking. For example, seven international conservation organizations including CI have come together to work with the Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Foundation through an effort called United for Wildlife. The purpose: to promote better protection of endangered wildlife, reduced demand for illegal wildlife products, improved law enforcement, engagement of the private sector and involvement of young people in conservation. CI is the co-secretariat of the Elephant Protection Initiative, an organization that has been endorsed by 23 conservation groups, with a membership of 15 countries where African elephants range. CI is also a member of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, a public-private initiative.
Learn more about this global movement for change.
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Edit Photo Alt Text: Elephant in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania
EditPhoto Credit:© Benjamin Drummond
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Edit Title:Rescuing trafficked wildlife
Edit Text: When laws against wildlife trafficking are enforced, illegal goods are usually confiscated. Most confiscated materials are donated to good causes or destroyed, but in the case of live animals or plants, returning to their country of origin or another placement option needs to be found. In Cambodia, CI helped rehabilitate pangolins confiscated from illegal trade and prepare them to return to the wild. In Hong Kong, CI helped to move almost 12,000 confiscated turtles to zoos in the United States and Europe. CI continues to assist in arranging suitable destinations for the persistent stream of confiscated tortoises from Madagascar.
READ MORE: A “rehab center” for the world’s most heavily trafficked animal
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Edit Photo Alt Text: The Pangolin Rehabilitation Center, opened Dec 2012 as a joint effort between CI and the Forestry Administration, is a new initiative to care for injured pangolins rescued from the growing wildlife trade in Cambodia.
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Edit Title:Combating illegal fishing practices
Edit Text: CI works to end illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing — a practice that harms ecosystems and economies alike. Illegal fishing represents as much as 29% of the documented global wild fisheries catch, with a market value as high as US$ 23.5 billion annually. CI has also worked closely with the governments of eastern Pacific nations to eliminate the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning.
READ MORE: Working to save a “jewel of the Pacific Ocean”
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Edit Photo Alt Text: While a Raja Ampat police officer reviews the vessel's documents, a staff member from Conservation International, Abraham Goram, that supports the local communities and governments in their managment of the MPA, exaplained the protected area status of Kawe to three of the fishermen
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What can you do?

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EditNewsletter Title:Keep in touch
EditNewsletter Message:Get the latest updates on CI’s conservation efforts around the world.
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EditDonate Message:Donate to CI to help protect the planet we can’t live without.
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EditSection Title:Say no to illegal wildlife products
EditSection subtitle:Understand where your food, pets, ornaments, apparel and materials come from. If you’re in doubt, don’t buy them.
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EditVideo image alt text:Clever pangolin gets a snack! Pangolin Rehabilitation Center
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EditTitle:Global Stability
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EditImage Alt Text:Udzungwa National Park's Sanje Waterfall overlooks farmland that depends on its water. © Benjamin Drummond

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EditImage Alt Text:Aerial, Kaieteur Falls, Potaro River, Guyana © Conservation International/photo by John Martin