INTERPOL has success fighting wildlife trade with its Operation Infra Terra

INTERPOL’s Operation Infra (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) Terra led the way as an outstanding example of collaboration between the public and law enforcement community in identifying and locating wildlife criminals.

Launched in October 2014, Infra Terra urged the public to provide information on suspects identified by our member countries as their ‘most wanted’.

The operation led to the arrest of Rajkumar Praja, the ringleader of a rhino poaching network wanted by Nepal, and Feisal Mohamed Ali, the ringleader of an ivory smuggling ring in Kenya. IFAW led the way in supporting this public campaign and assisting INTERPOL in locating these criminals through this public appeal. 

It is important to remember that the public creates a demand for government action.

In order for our work to continue and succeed, we need both public support and commitment from national governments around the world.

Thanks to the support of IFAW and other non-profit organizations whose mission is to support animal welfare, INTERPOL’s Environmental Security unit has grown substantially in the past years.

Most recently, this can be seen through the establishment of an Environmental Security team at the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Nairobi, enabling us to provide a stronger presence in leading investigations against poachers in the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade in Africa.

Despite the need for more enforcement in pursuit of environmental crimes, the past year has seen its share of successes ranging from an increase in wild tiger populations in India to the apprehension and arrest of international wanted criminals in the wildlife trade.

These achievements would not have been possible without the support and commitment of IFAW and other non-governmental organizations to increase awareness of the threat environmental crimes pose towards national security and the conservation of wildlife species.

We are grateful to IFAW for its continuous support and for raising awareness of our activities.

Your support of them and in turn, INTERPOL, will help save increasingly threatened numbers of wildlife species from extinction. 


Learn more about IFAW efforts to combat illegal wildlife crime.

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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. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
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Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
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Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
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Pauline Verheij, Program Manager, Wildlife Crime
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Rikkert Reijnen, Program Director, Wildlife Crime
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Country Representative, Germany
Staci McLennan, Director, EU Office
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Tania McCrea-Steele, Project Lead, Global Wildlife Cybercrime
Project Lead, Global Wildlife Cybercrime
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
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