Animal Action Education programme
Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

The dangers of wildlife trade

The global wildlife trade, legal and illegal, can:

  • Threaten biodiversity and risk losing endangered species forever
  • Spread infectious disease to livestock and humans
  • Cause needless suffering to animals, as well as humans.

Read our "Stopping Illegal Wildlife Trade" fact sheet

IFAW is disrupting poaching networks in partnerships with INTERPOL, and others a
IFAW is disrupting poaching networks in partnerships with INTERPOL, and others across the globe.

IFAW is disrupting poaching networks in partnerships with INTERPOL, and others across the globe.

Wildlife trade news

During an event back in May 2015 when China crushed 662 kg of confiscated ivory,
6 January 2017 Donna Gadomski
China announced it will impose a ban on all ivory trade and plans to completely shut down its involvement in the ivory trade Read more »
Victory: UAE bans personal ownership of wild animals
Last week, the UAE government adopted a law to regulate the ownership of dangerous wild animals. #UAE penalizes possession Read more »
Ban ivory trade, China’s New Year present to Elephants
30 December 2016 Grace Ge Gabriel
I am overwhelmed with joy, even though this announcement has been much anticipated. I read and re-read the text on the red Read more »
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29 December 2016
Our video team has been fortunate enough to chronicle so many of our successes over the years. Here is a rundown of our Watch Video »
3 November 2016
Only days after International Fund for Animal Welfare Honorary Board member Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood Watch Video »
18 October 2016
Our tenBoma project continues to grow and make an impact for the protection of elephants. When we announced our partnership Watch Video »
4 October 2016
India's wild tiger numbers are very encouraging. There are 2,226 tigers there, amounting to 70 percent of the world Watch Video »
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IFAW applauds China’s decision to close domestic ivory markets in 2017
30 December 2016
After decades of advocating by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for shutting down domestic ivory markets, today the Chinese Government delivered on their pledge to close domestic ivory markets in 2017. “This is a tremendous vict Read more »
2016: Another Fatal Year for Elephants
22 December 2016
Elephants continued to be slaughtered for their ivory this year. With today’s announcement of two tons of ivory in Kenya, more than 20 tons of illegal ivory, plus 949 elephant tusks and more than 3,000 pieces were reportedly seized in 2016, wit Read more »
Conservation charities rejoice as UK Government pledges an additional £13 millio
17 November 2016
Today at the Hanoi Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade the UK Government has committed to spend an additional £13 million to help tackle all aspects of the illegal wildlife trade, doubling the UK’s current investment. The announcemen Read more »
Wildlife Law Enforcement Agencies Gather to Enhance Skills of Wildlife Law Prose
15 November 2016
Boosting law enforcement skills of stakeholders is critical to detecting, managing and adjudicating over wildlife cases In spite of evidence showing wildlife crime is linked to other forms of serious offenses, most countries apply wildlife policies a Read more »
CITES Hits Control, Alt, Delete on Cybercrime
4 October 2016
Cybercriminals are the latest losers at the CoP17 of CITES following the Decision to ratify a commitment by all 183 Parties to stamp out illegal online wildlife trade. The Decision requires all Parties to take a raft of measures to ensure that cyberc Read more »
Sense of urgency in conserving wildlife trumps trade at CITES
4 October 2016
As the world’s biggest wildlife trade jamboree wrapped up in Johannesburg, South Africa today, the general consensus was that conservation trumped commerce in many significant votes for animals. The Convention on International Trade in Endanger Read more »
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Tiger Country: Helping Save Bhutan's Natural Heritage
12 October 2016 by rbartlett
This 2016 report summarizes the activities and achievements of IFAW and WTI and the government of Bhutan and the Department o Read more »
Combatting Wildlife Cybercrime
25 August 2016 by sgjohnson
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sponsors a Conference of the Part Read more »
CITES Pocket Guide - CoP17 - 2016
25 August 2016 by sgjohnson
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sponsors a Conference of the Part Read more »
CITES Pangolin Fact Sheet
24 August 2016 by sgjohnson
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) seeks to ensure that internationa Read more »
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Team lookout.  Photo : © ZSL
8 November 2016 by David Cowdrey
I was on hand while 80 computer coders at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) competed in a so-called “Zoohackathon Read more »
3 November 2016 by Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Only days after International Fund for Animal Welfare Honorary Board member Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood Read more »
The live falcons seized at the airport had their eyes stitched closed with surgi
2 November 2016 by Dima Abo Kous
Security authorities at Cairo International Airport managed to stop an Egyptian passenger who had attempted to smuggle 41 Read more »
Collaring operation reminds us of elephant’s power, fragility
2 November 2016 by Azzedine Downes
The following is a first-person account of the collaring of an elephant in Amboseli, which will allow the International Read more »
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