Poaching & Illegal Wildlife Trade

The illegal wildlife trade is the fourth most lucrative international crime after drugs, arms and human trafficking.

Kifaru © David Yarrow

The illegal wildlife trade is one of the principle immediate threats to wildlife, particularly iconic African species such as rhino and elephant, which are poached for their horns and tusks. The African elephant population has fallen by over 30% in the last seven years, largely due to poaching.

The illegal wildlife trade is now the fourth largest criminal industry after drugs, arms and human trafficking. Worth as much as $20billion per year, the trade threatens international security, national sovereignties, impoverished rural communities, and countless species from pangolins to elephants.

African Elephant

African Elephant

Status: Vulnerable The African Elephant population has decreased by around 90% in the last century. An estimated 415,000 currently remain.

Tusk Welcomes UK Ban on Ivory Sales

Tusk Welcomes UK Ban on Ivory Sales

Tusk welcomes announcement from the UK’s Secretary of State for The Environment, Michael Gove, confirming that the UK Government will ban ivory sales to protect the future of elephants in Africa and Asia.

Mourning the Loss of Sudan

Mourning the Loss of Sudan

On 20th March 2018 the world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, was put down at the age of 45 following serious health issues that meant he could no longer stand up.

Rian Labuschagne | 2017 Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, Winner

You cannot be weak in this occupation - you have got to be strong and willing to walk a mile in the dark.

Rian Labuschagne | 2017 Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, Winner

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