Our Impact

In 2015, we had a powerful new idea. Today we know it works.

Our Impact since 2015

Within six short years of existence, the Wildlife Justice Commission has:

  • conducted 24 investigations throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas
  • helped dismantle 29 criminal networks, preventing them from regrouping
  • facilitated 135 arrests of high-level criminals, with impressive conviction rates
  • shared more than 300 intelligence reports with law enforcement agencies
  • helped to seize nearly 2.5 tonnes of ivory, dozens of rhino horns, 780 kg of pangolin scales and other parts from endangered wildlife
  • saved over 8,000 vulnerable reptiles, several big cat cubs and primates, including critically endangered baby orangutans, from the illegal live pet trade

Our Impact in 2020

Our work contributed to:

  • the arrests of 24 high-level traffickers
  • the disruption of five criminal networks
  • the year saw us strengthen our capabilities to influence policies that will prioritise the fight against wildlife crime, engaging with political, specialist, corporate and mainstream audiences to further our mission. 
  • we also further expanded our network of allies and partners so our work can make an even greater impact. 

Read more about some of our highlights in 2020, only made possible with your support

During 2020, we quickly adapted our on-the-ground investigations due to COVID-19 restrictions, while furthering our intelligence, policy, and communication work. We continued urging governments to scale up the fight against wildlife crime, which drives species towards extinction and, as proven in 2020, poses a direct threat to public health and security.