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

Ten cheetahs were confiscated from illegal wildlife trade.
26 April 2017 Gail A’Brunzo
Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders by the Somaliland Ministry of Read more »
The Barbary macaque  has suffered a decline in its wild population.
To combat illegal wildlife trade in the Kingdom of Morocco, the High Commissioner for Waters and Forests and the Fight Read more »
Trained community scouts, or community rangers, benefit from an IFAW-funded base
11 April 2017 Jacqueline Nyagah
One of IFAW’s primary objectives in the Amboseli ecosystem is to enhance wildlife security. Since 2012, IFAW has 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 »
30 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 »
19 October 2016
A new investigation is shedding light onto the wildlife product market in Oregon and underscores the urgency of wildlife Watch Video »
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First-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 »
U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Giraffes
19 April 2017
Wildlife Groups Seek to Save Species from Silent Extinction In response to recent scientific consensus on giraffes’ vulnerability to extinction, five wildlife protection groups today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Eart Read more »
IFAW: China shuts down one third of ivory factories and shops
29 March 2017
By week’s end, China will shut down more than 60 ivory carving factories and retailers making good on their promise to end domestic commercial ivory markets in 2017. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) offered the following stateme Read more »
Better security, not dehorning, the answer to protecting rhino
15 March 2017
Zoos should be improving their security, not dehorning their rhino exhibits to protect them from poachers says one of the world’s leading rhino conservationists. “Subjecting rhinos unnecessarily to the dangers of an anaesthetic, and physi Read more »
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Open letter on climate change to President-elect and Congress
6 December 2016 by rbartlett
The International Fund for Animal Welfare joins 120 organizations from across civil society, including conservationists, fait Read more »
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 »
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IFAW waged successful campaigns on numerous political fronts, from international
27 December 2016 by Azzedine Downes
Our campaigns to protect animals yielded some lasting victories on the policy front, internationally and domestically. Here Read more »
2016: Another Fatal Year for Elephants
22 December 2016 by adintino
Elephants continued to be slaughtered for their ivory this year. With today’s announcement of two tons of ivory in Read more »
Zebra numbers had previously dropped from 600 to a mere six individuals but in 2
21 December 2016 by Mike Labuschagne
The destruction and damage caused by the bush meat trade in Africa is often overshadowed by the highly publicised illegal Read more »
Endangered Species Coalition, of which IFAW is a member group, released today a
21 December 2016 by Peter LaFontaine
A new year – and a new face in the White House – presents an opportunity to think about our conservation Read more »
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