Taking Off wildlife trafficking in the Latin America and Caribbean region

Published 19 May 2021

Wildlife up in the air – trafficking trends to watch out for in Latin America and the Caribbean

New research reveals how traffickers are robbing the world’s most wildlife-rich region of its natural wealth. Mexico, Brazil and Colombia see the highest number of wildlife trafficking instances in aviation according to the data, often to supply countries less commonly associated with illegal wildlife trade, including the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.

Taking Off: wildlife trafficking in the Latin America and Caribbean region

Report author(s):
ROUTES Partnership

Publication date:
May 2021

About the ROUTES Partnership

The USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership brings together transport and logistics companies, government agencies, development groups, law enforcement, conservation organisations and donors to disrupt wildlife trafficking activities, and forms a key element of the concerted international response to addressing wildlife poaching and associated criminal activities worldwide. Further information and resources can be found at


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is responsible for the majority of overseas development assistance from the United States Government and works to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity for America and the world.

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C4ADS is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues.