Illegal wildlife trade crisis

A pile of ivory tusks

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.

ZSL Anti Poaching staff, Dja, Cameroon

Last year the UK was host to a high-level international conference to bring...

Camera trap footage of tiger at night

In recent years the impact of IWT on species has reached unprecedented...

Group of people with laptop around a table

Prior to the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Conference (11-12 October),...

ZSL's Law Enforcement Advisor Christian Plowman

Metropolitan police detective turned wildlife crime-fighter Christian...

Two men looking at microchips in camouflage gear

In the lead-up to the illegal wildlife trade conference 2018, technology...

Siberian Marmot, Mongolia.

Wildlife trafficking in Mongolia is a serious, yet under-reported problem....

Tek handling Panthera poachercams

As global leaders from around the world meet in London this week to identify...

Gir Forest rangers users SMART technology

Software to help improve the effectiveness of site-based conservation work...

Temminck’s ground pangolin. Picture: Scott and Judy Hurd

Pangolins are now thought to be the world’s most illegally trafficked wild...

Dja biosphere reserve eco-guards

ZSL is working with the Cameroonian government’s Conservation Service and...

Black rhino

ZSL is working with key partners to create an impact bond to help secure the...

Sumatran tiger - Sembilang National Park

Much of the ZSL Indonesia Field Programme's activities focus on the Sumatran...

Forest Elephant

ZSL is working to protect forest elephants in the Congo Basin in the face of...

Black Rhino

ZSL works with local partners to protect flagship species such as the...

Stony Coral Colony

For over a decade ZSL has been working closely with the UK Border Agency...

African elephant

ZSL is working in the last stronghold of West African carnivores and...

setting up a camera trap in a snowy Russian landscape

ZSL has been working to conserve Amur tigers and Amur leopards in the...

Greater one horned rhino at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL protects Nepal's iconic species from severe threats.

Filming seahorses in the Caribbean

ZSL is working to protect seahorses in the Philippines and elsewhere through...

Nepal stockpile burning

Community-based anti-poaching initiatives in Nepal protect tigers, rhinos...

Bushmeat- palm civet

ZSL works to understand and reduce the scale, trends and impacts of hunting...

Close up black and white photograph of an elephants tusks

As a learned society, ZSL is committed to endorse the fight against the...

Man typind on UKNWCU page

While the Illegal Wildlife Trade might feel like a cause that's far from...

Photo - Close up of someone holding a red-kneed Tarantula at In with the Spiders at ZSL London Zoo

Often associated with the killing of some of the most charismatic animals on...

commercial bushmeat

Unsustainable hunting for bushmeat has been identified as the single...