Wildlife trafficking poses a serious threat to many endangered species such as tigers, rhinos, elephants and pangolins. At the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), we address every link on the trade chain by stopping poaching, stopping traffickers and stopping the demand for wildlife products.

Stopping Poaching
IFAW focuses our on the ground anti-poaching interventions orts in locations in Africa, Russia and Asia where poaching is most severe and where governments have requested support to save elephants, rhinos, tigers, saiga antelope and other species.

We have conducted and supported anti-poaching  capacity building trainings in Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, India and Bhutan.

We have provided equipment and training for wildlife scouts, rangers and other anti-poaching patrols in Kenya’s Meru, Tsavo, and Amboseli National Parks, Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, Zambia’s Kafue National Park, Manas National Park in Assam, India, and Russia.

Stopping Trafficking
In addition, IFAW has trained more than 2,900 rangers and custom officers from Africa, Asia, and many countries in the Middle East and from the former Soviet Union. These officers  detect, interdict and apprehend wildlife traffickers, and partner with international bodies like INTERPOL  to disrupt and dismantle transnational organized wildlife criminal networks. We are working in collaboration with regional governments and NGOs to develop a wildlife enforcement network for the Horn of Africa region, and partnering with the Kenyan Wildlife Service on an innovative centralized intelligence fusion  capability in Kenya—IFAW’s tenBoma project—that combines tips from local informants with larger data analysis in order to develop a predictive counter-wildlife poaching model that will stop poachers before they kill.

Stopping the Demand
IFAW’s locally-led, socially relevant  public awareness campaigns to reduce demand for wildlife products  have resulted in significant victories, such as the 2015 announcement that both China and the US would enact “almost total domestic bans on ivory trade.”

In China, more than a dozen Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) joined IFAW’s multi-platform campaign “Give Peace to Elephants; Say No to Ivory,” stigmatizing ivory consumption in China. The campaign PSAs are appearing both outdoors and indoors, online and offline in a media blitz across the country. It is made possible by support from two dozen Chinese corporations and media agencies such JCDecaux China, Balintimes Media Group Co., Ltd., TOWONA Media Group, ifeng.com, youth.cn, hope.huanqiu.com, DEEP and LADY magazines.

In a dramatic demonstration that the majority of the governments of the world value elephants alive more than their ivory, in  just two years, there were major ivory destruction events in the Philippines, China mainland and special administrative region Hong Kong, Kenya, Gabon, Chad, Belgium, France, the UK and the US. More than 60 tons of ivory in total was destroyed so that it could no longer feed the ivory market.

Other public outreach campaigns have focused on stopping tiger bone trade and capturing wild animals for the exotic pet trade.

Keep Wild Animals Wild Program

Go wild with IFAW's lesson plans on wildlife for K-8!

The Keep Wild Animals Wild lesson plans, videos and worksheets explore what makes an animal wild, why we need to keep wild animals wild and how we can help protect wild animals from the threat of wildlife trade.

You will find these and a wealth of other free, multi-lingual educational resources from IFAW’s Animal Action Education program via the regional links to your left.

tenBoma is the best chance we have to stop poachers.
tenBoma is the best chance we have to stop poachers.

tenBoma is the best chance we have to stop poachers.

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