Fighting Back to Save Endangered Wildlife
The poaching of wildlife for tusks, horns, scales, teeth and other animal by-products has escalated, and in many cases even threatening the viability of the animals.
The poachers and smugglers are part of sophisticated organized crime networks and their profits are often used to finance terrorist and other criminal activities. They take advantage of lawlessness in areas of conflict, such as in South Sudan, to infiltrate local and neighboring wildlife reserves, and use smugglers to bring the contraband to way stations from where the goods are shipped abroad.
Although the poaching networks use covert technologies to communicate, local authorities can fight back through effective intelligence gathering and coordinated field operations. With sophisticated intelligence tools built upon field experience, authorities can collect, correlate and analyze communications to gain meaningful insights about sellers, buyers, middlemen and money transfers. Operational units can use this intelligence to track suspicious entries into wildlife protected areas, and take actions against suspected criminals.
Please take a look at the attached in-depth report by The Enough Project, that details many of the alarming facts about poaching in Africa and, in particular, the wildlife trafficking routes used to get the illicit goods to their markets. According to the report, by “following the money” authorities can identify and investigate the real profiteers of the trafficking supply chain.