In recent years the impact of illegal wildlife trade (IWT) on species has reached unprecedented levels.
This illicit trade is estimated to be worth up to $23 billion a year and represents a threat to the very existence of some of our best-loved species including rhinos, tigers, elephants and pangolins. Urgent action is needed to address this crisis, to help countries control poaching on the ground as well as to take steps to reduce the demand in consumer countries that is ultimately driving the trade.
ZSL has a long and rich history of conservation work and is currently active in over 50 countries around the world. An important element of this work addresses the impacts of the illegal wildlife trade, on species, habitats and people.