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.

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Wildlife trade news

New report reveals scale of ivory seizures across Europe
13 September 2017 David Cowdrey
A new IFAW report looking at the illegal ivory trade across Europe in the past ten years has found that the European Union Read more »
Imperial Parrot, an endangered and endemic parrot on the island of Dominica
30 August 2017 Tania McCrea-Steele
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) congratulates the Portuguese government for introducing a ban on wild Read more »
map of illegal ivory seizures in europe
24 August 2017 Eleonora Panella
In July of this year, IFAW launched a campaign aimed at closing all European domestic ivory markets. The campaign Read more »
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2 March 2017
This World Wildlife Day, which this year has the theme of #ListentoYoungVoices, I want to encourage everyone to # 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 »
29 September 2016
Kasungu National Park, on the Zambian border in central western Malawi, used to be home to thriving elephant, buffalo and Watch Video »
27 September 2016
Namibia, South Africa and Botswana urged Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ( Watch Video »
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IFAW unveils key partnership with Morocco to tackle illegal wildlife
24 August 2017
With illegal wildlife trade being one of the most serious threats to biodiversity, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Moroccan government’s High Commission for Water, Forests, and Combating Desertification (HCEFLCD) are an Read more »
Ifaw's investment for years in Kenya is finally paying off by an elephant popula
21 June 2017
Elephant populations in the Tsavos have increased to 12, 866 in the last three years. This is according to the aerial elephant census results officially announced at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters by Director General Kitili Mbathi. Res Read more »
Research identifies illegal wildlife trade on the Darknet
14 June 2017
Illegal wildlife traders may be turning their attention to the Darknet, a new INTERPOL research report has found. Experts from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation found limited, but clear evidence of criminals using the Darknet to sell illicit Read more »
First time ever training to prevent illegal wildlife trade in Morocco
25 April 2017
A specialized training of enforcement authorities in the prevention of wildlife trafficking is being carried out from April 24th to 28th by the High Commissioner for Waters and Forests and the Fight against Desertification of Morocco and the Internat Read more »
Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Somaliland
24 April 2017
Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders by the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) with assistance from Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in El Sheik and Wajel, respectively, on 19 Read more »
Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should
20 April 2017
A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria predicts how many elephants there should be in 73 protected areas spanning 21 African countries. The research concludes that, largely due to poaching, protec Read more »
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Ivory Seizures in Europe 2006-2015
13 September 2017 by aclark
We have reached a critical point in time for elephants. The number of wild elephants across the world has fallen dramatically Read more »
Out of Africa: Byting Down on Wildlife Cybercrime  (2017)
21 July 2017 by jhart@ifaw.org
IFAW’s first ever research into online wildlife trade in Africa found 990 endangered and threatened wildlife advertisem Read more »
EU Ivory Trade Kills Elephants
29 June 2017 by jhart@ifaw.org
The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s briefing summarizes the important steps taken by the EU and at the intern Read more »
tenBoma
1 June 2017 by rbartlett
This pdf document provides an overview of IFAW's tenBoma program. Read more »
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Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Somaliland
24 April 2017 by svandereyd
Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders by the Somaliland Ministry of Environment Read more »
Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should
20 April 2017 by svandereyd
A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria predicts how many elephants Read more »
U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Giraffes
19 April 2017 by svandereyd
In response to recent scientific consensus on giraffes’ vulnerability to extinction, five wildlife protection groups Read more »
IFAW: China shuts down one third of ivory factories and shops
31 March 2017 by svandereyd
Today, China will shut down more than 60 ivory carving factories and retailers making good on their promise to end domestic Read more »
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