Wildlife Trade Specialists

Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes, often poached and sold for their meat or body parts © Michel Gunther / WWF

ReTTA Reducing Trade Threats to Africa's wild species and ecosystems

Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes, often poached and sold for their meat or body parts © Michel Gunther / WWF


The illegal killing and trafficking of threatened wildlife species is one of the most urgent conservation issues of our time. Skyrocketing demand for illegal wildlife products and increasing involvement from international criminal syndicates is pushing many charismatic African wildlife species over the edge.

Simultaneously, poorly-regulated or mismanaged legal wildlife trade is posing threats to lesser-known flora and fauna. TRAFFIC's project, Reducing Trade Threats to Africa's wild species and ecosystems (ReTTA), works to identify trends in illegal or unsustainable trade and help develop national and international solutions that could turn the tide for wildlife.

41 African countries

exported CITES-listed wildlife species to Asia between 2006–2015

Julian Rademeyer, ReTTA Project Leader

Information is power, and at ReTTA's core is the drive to identify, understand and anticipate wildlife trade trends that could push African species over the edge.

Julian Rademeyer, ReTTA Project Leader
Pendants, powder and pathways

Pendants, powder and pathways

A rapid analysis into the illicit trade in rhino horn

latest reports and materials

Trade analysis, reports and risk assessments all form part of the way in which ReTTA tackles illegal wildlife trade and works towards sustainability. View the latest resources here.

Visit our resource library for the full TRAFFIC publication archive.

spotlight for priority wildlife

how ReTTA works to protect Africa's ecosystems

an analysis of legal trade from Africa

High-profile declines in populations of charismatic species due to poaching and illegal trade, although pressing conservation concerns, can often eclipse threats to lesser-known wildlife populations.

A recent analysis undertaken through ReTTA reviewed trade in CITES-listed species between 41 African nations and countries/territories in East and Southeast Asia. Included in the findings was that between 2006 and 2015, 1.3-million live animals and plants, 1.5-million skins and two thousand tonnes of meat from CITES-listed species have been exported from Africa.

South Africa

is by far the largest exporter of live birds, mammals and plants in Africa