Our Impact

Disrupting wildlife crime networks

We had a powerful idea four years ago. Now we have proved that it works.

Within four years of existence, the Wildlife Justice Commission has:

  • conducted 24 investigations throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas
  • dismantled 14 criminal networks
  • helped to secure 100 arrests, focusing on high level criminals
  • disseminated 250 intelligence reports

 

In 2018, the work of the wildlife law enforcement authorities of India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mozambique and Viet Nam, had, with our help, a major impact on the trafficking of threatened and critically endangered species. We delivered intelligence and evidence, some from cases that had been ongoing for two years. This resulted on the arrest of 22 high-level traffickers and the seizure of hundreds of live animals and their parts. These results also helped to identify other key players along the supply chain.

Interested in more results? Read our Annual Report 2018.

Watch this undercover video of our investigators posing as buyers and meeting with wildlife trafficker identified as ‘Nazim’ at a hotel in Malaysia.

Our investigator alerts the Malaysian police who proceeds to arrest the wildlife trafficker and seizes 28 endangered black pond turtles at scene.

WJC 2018 Timeline of Investigations Results

January 2018

OPERATION SCORPION
Arrest of two high-level traffickers in India. 474 live threatened Indian Star tortoises were seized. Matter still before the courts.

February 2018

OPERATION SCORPION

Arrest of a kingpin and two high-level traffickers in India. 406 live threatened Indian star tortoises were seized. Matter still before the courts.

OPERATION PANDORA

Arrest of one high-level trafficker in Mozambique. 12 elephant tusks (equal to 6 elephants) were seized. Matter still before the courts.

OPERATION MEDUSA

Arrest of four high-level traffickers in Viet Nam. Nearly one tonne of ivory seized, estimated to equal 97 elephants. Largest ever seizure of ivory by the Environmental Police in Viet Nam to date. Matter still before the courts.

March 2018

OPERATION PANDORA
Arrest of five high-level trafficker in Mozambique. 2 elephant tusks were seized. Matter still before the courts.

July 2018

OPERATION CAESAR

Arrest of one high-level trafficker in Malaysia. Three live baby orangutans were seized. Matter still before the courts.

OPERATION TYPHOON

Arrest of one high-level trafficker in Lao PDR. Matter still before the courts.

September 2018

OPERATION CAESAR

One live baby orangutan was seized. Matter still before the courts.

OPERATION PLUTO

Arrest of one high-level trafficker in Viet Nam. 780 kg of pangolin scales, estimated to equate to more than 2,000 live pangolins, were seized. Largest ever seizure of pangolin scales by the Environmental Police in Viet Nam to date. Matter still before the courts.

October 2018

OPERATION SCORPION

Arrest of four high-level traffickers in India. 582 live threatened Indian Star tortoises and two vulnerable African Spurred tortoises were seized. Matter still before the courts.