Zero-Tolerance Against Illegal Wildlife Trade & Trafficking

Illegal trade in wildlife resources, including timber and fisheries, has grown to crisis levels in recent years and more particularly poaching of elephants and trafficking of their ivory. Poachers and traffickers have become bolder with the fact that they are now equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology and most of all, there’s more demand for these treasures.

The major source states of poached ivory are in sub-Saharan Africa, with factors like civil strife, cross-border wars and lack of stable governments linked to the increase in this trafficking.
Besides Kenya being a source state, ivory and rhino horn are trafficked from airports and other transport hubs and routes including both sea and air, have been used as transit points for illicit exports from Kenya and other regions and thousands of tones of ivory are seized annually at these and other ports of the world.

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It is with this that through the Conserving Natural Capital and Enhancing Collaborative Management of Transboundary Resources (CONNECT) project that saw 18 journalists from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda embark on a story gathering field trip on illegal wildlife trade. The journalists first took part in a three-day workshop in Nairobi and went on field trips to Amboseli, Tsavo and coastal Kenya where they visited wildlife conservancies and interacted with communities living with wildlife.

The project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, was successfully implemented by TRAFFIC International @traffic_wltrade, International Union for the Conservation of Nature @iucn_congress and World Wide Fund for Nature Kenya @wwf_kenya. It aims to curb trading on illegal wildlife products at major transportation hubs.


Wildlife trafficking not only threatens species survival; it spreads disease, fuels corruption, supports organized criminal activities, encourages unrest and damages the environment.
The initiative brings high-level leaders from the media industry together with representatives from across the world of conservation, along with organizations already engaged in initiatives designed to curb trafficking. Creating awareness is one key component and other holistic approaches requiring efforts on many different fronts are needed.

Also read Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy Ranked Among The Best In The World

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