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We work to end
wildlife trafficking

JGI/Fernando Turmo

Trafficking in great apes and other animals is a global criminal enterprise that is pushing our most endangered species to the brink of extinction. The illegal trade in wildlife causes immense suffering to animals and is harmful to people too.

The Crisis

Endangered species are protected by national and international laws. But too often this protection is on paper only. Millions of animals are illegally taken from the wild every year to be sold live or for their parts on the black market. 

Unless we end trafficking, primates and other wildlife will be gone for good. All great apes are now endangered, with most species categorized as “critically endangered.” Many other primates, like macaques, are under threat too. 

Image credit: JGI/Carlos Drews

Demand fuels this illegal trade. Poverty, industrial & economic development, greed, corruption, and weak governance all contribute to it.

Everyone from governments to businesses to consumers and the general public has a role to play in preventing the extinction of our most at-risk species.

What we do

Our triangle approach to combat trafficking

Educate local communities about the dangers and consequences of wildlife trafficking, involving local people in our work. We support law enforcement agencies to reduce criminal activity and reinforce reporting.
Run community-led conservation initiatives which support sustainable alternative livelihoods for local communities.
Rescue and rehabilitate trafficked animals in sanctuaries Chimp Eden in South Africa and Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo.

Act locally

Around the world, JGI Chapters run local campaigns and work strategically to advance anti-trafficking initiatives.

Collaborate globally

JGI collaborates with other agencies in research, knowledge-sharing, advocacy and action to protect wildlife from trafficking.

Image credit: JGI/Fernando Turmo

End Wildlife Crime

Working together to end wildlife crime

Transformative change is required to international laws to address global biodiversity, climate, development, public and animal health challenges.

As an international champion of the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime, we work on a targeted strategy for change.


©Vincent Calmel

“No organisation on its own, no country on its own, can effectively stop the illegal wildlife trade that knows no borders. Only through our collective efforts, continued collaboration across borders can we stamp out this cruel and devastating trade, wildlife trafficking. Together we simply must. Otherwise, the effects will be so devastating that entire ecosystems will collapse, and future generations will never know the joy of going out to see some of these extraordinary animals, and trees, and plants in the wild.”

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals recognise wildlife trafficking as a threat to a sustainable future.

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