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

Pangolins are poached for their meat and their scales. Demand for pangolin produ
17 February 2017 Mark Hofberg
Join IFAW and conservationists from around the world as we celebrate the 6th annual World Pangolin Day. Pangolins are beaver Read more »
Wild tortoises are often stuffed inside cardboard boxes and stacked aboard
13 February 2017 Dima Abo Kous
Editor’s note: It has come to our attention that the turtles we had originally referenced are actually spur-thighed Read more »
The author hands over one of the satellite collars to KWS Director General Kitil
7 February 2017 Steve Njumbi
Almost a year ago, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers shot and killed Mohawk, one of only three mature male lions in 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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Protecting Pangolins on World Pangolin Day
16 February 2017
February 18 marks World Pangolin Day. Small and scaly, pangolins are the world’s most illegally traded mammal and in danger of extinction. While these armored creatures once inhabited vast portions of Asia and Africa, their populations are seve Read more »
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 »
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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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The author in front of a cache of tusks in Denver in a file photo from 2013.
11 November 2016 by Grace Ge Gabriel
On the eve of Hanoi hosting the Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade next week, the government of Vietnam will crush, burn, Read more »
UAE holds its first national animal welfare conference
9 November 2016 by Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed
In fulfilment of the prominence placed by the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on animal and environmental protection Read more »
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 »
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