Information about illegal wildlife trade

  • Illegal wildlife trade is the third largest illegal trade in the world after drugs and weapons.
  • There is a treaty called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which entered into force in 1975, it is an international agreement between governments. These governments (or countries) are called Parties. Currently, there are 175 parties. CITES aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.¬†If you would like more information, visit
  • Approximately 33,000 species are listed as endangered. This includes 5000 animal species and 28,000 plant species.
  • Timber is one of the biggest illegal trades occurring nowadays, it is also named illegal logging.
  • Some of the most endangered animal species include: elephants, rhinos, and tigers.
  • Examples of illegal wildlife trade include: pet trade, poaching, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
  • There are many organizations that are working to protect and conserve wildlife, some of them include: World Wildlife Fund (WWF), TRAFFIC, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN),¬†Wildaid, Humane Society International (HSI), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), etc.

About Maha

Since I was little, I have always been interested in protecting and conserving the environment, especially animals. My educational background includes a Bachelors degree in Science (Resource Conservation) and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies with an area of concentration in illegal wildlife trade. I worked in environmental consulting as well as with NGOs. My hope is to make people care about endangered species and more broadly the environment as a whole.
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