In recent years the impact of illicit wildlife trade on species has reached unprecedented levels.
This trade, linked to global criminal gangs and terrorist groups is estimated to be worth over $10billion annually and represents a threat to the very existence of some of our best loved species including rhinos, tigers, elephants and even 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 is working closely with the UK government to address this; in February 2016 we were delighted to receive our third grant from Defra’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, this time for our work in Cameroon. We are also discussing with the FCO potential for collaboration around the damage IWT does to developing economies in Africa and elsewhere. Meanwhile, we are already active on this front in many countries (Read More)