action on wildlife trade

Working to ensure the trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature

our mission

protecting natural biodiversity, supporting sustainable development

Wildlife trade is one of the world's most pressing conservation challenges, affecting hundreds of millions of people and thousands of wildlife species. TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. 

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focus wildlife trade issues

scroll through to explore our current conservation and sustainability priorities within global wildlife trade

  • elephants and ivory trade

    20,000 elephants are still being killed each year. Demand for ivory continues to threaten their long term survival ...

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    African Elephants
  • pangolin trade

    The world's most trafficked mammal; 1 million poached in a decade. At current trends, many face extinction in the wild

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  • trade in rhino horn

    Three rhinos are poached each day. Highly organised criminal syndicates are funnelling rhino horn to Asian markets ...

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    African Rhinos

    Explore our recommendations, analyses, and commentary on priority wildlife trade issues at the CITES CoP19.

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    CITES CoP19
  • timber trade

    Illegal and unsustainable logging is destroying priceless rainforests. We're working to stop the destruction ...

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  • shark and ray trade

    Unregulated fisheries and rampant over-exploitation is decimating many populations of sharks and rays ...

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    Sharks and Rays

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Latest reports from the field:

explore our latest reports, studies and assessments of global wildlife trade, available to view online or download. Please contact us should you require a printed copy.

Visit our resource library for the full TRAFFIC publication archive.



Explore our training, courses, and capacity-building resources for all stakeholders working on wildlife trade issues.

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Explore our free database of wildlife trade seizures, data visualisations, and trade maps.

wildlife trade portal



We want a world where wildlife trade conserves wild species, habitats, AND CONTRIBUTES TO SUSTAINABLE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Rick Scobey, Executive Director