Out of Africa: Byting Down on Wildlife Cybercrime (2017)

Out of Africa: Byting Down on Wildlife Cybercrime  (2017)

IFAW’s first ever research into online wildlife trade in Africa found 990 endangered and threatened wildlife advertisements across 33 online marketplaces and three social media platforms during a six-week period across seven African countries. Sellers offered for sale a total of 9,481 specimens of animals which are listed on Appendix I and II of CITES or that are protected by national or provincial laws in the relevant country/jurisdiction. The total value of all such goods for sale was approximately US $5,828,608.

Although it is not possible to tell how many of the total specimens recorded were being traded legally or illegally, 33 information logs representing 392 advertisements in total from this research were handed over to national enforcers for further investigation.

Sensitive data has been pixiliated in this report in order to avoid sharing specific information that may be useful to criminals, could compromise on-going enforcement actions or could jeopardise relationships with key stakeholders. A complete copy of the report for government representatives and enforcers is available upon request in writing only please to cpretorius@ifaw.org

Experts

Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
Dr. Joseph Okori
Regional Director, Southern Africa and Program Director, Landscape Conservation
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Jeffrey Flocken, Regional Director, North America
Regional Director, North America
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Peter LaFontaine, Campaigns Manager, IFAW Washington, D.C.
Campaigns Manager, IFAW Washington, D.C.
Country Representative, Germany
Country Representative, Germany
Tania McCrea-Steele, International Project Manager, Wildlife Crime
International Project Manager, Wildlife Crime
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Senior Advisor to the CEO on Strategic Partnerships & Philanthropy