Illegal wildlife trade crisis

Black Rhino

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)

Black Rhino

ZSL works with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to protect flagship species...

Dja biosphere reserve eco-guards

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

Siberian Marmot, Mongolia.

Illegal wildlife trade in Mongolia is a serious, yet under-reported problem...

Forest Elephant

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

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

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

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...

Amur leopard

ZSL is working as part of ALTA and with partners in the Russian Far East to...

Sumatran tiger - Sembilang National Park

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

ZSL works in Nepal to protect endangered greater one-horned rhino, Bengal...

Filming seahorses in the Caribbean

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

Gir Forest rangers users SMART technology

Protected areas around the world depend on highly skilled and dedicated...

Black Rhinoceros

ZSL is working with Social Finance, the United Nations Development Programme...

Bushmeat- palm civet

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