Our Impact

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

Our Impact since 2015

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

  • conducted 34 investigations throughout Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas
  • helped dismantle over 50 criminal networks, preventing them from regrouping
  • facilitated 223 arrests of high-level suspects, with a 100% conviction rate for cases that have gone before the courts
  • shared more than 300 intelligence reports with law enforcement agencies
  • helped to seize nearly 5.5 tonnes of ivory, 214 rhino horns, 11.5 tonnes of pangolin scales and other parts from endangered wildlife
  • saved over 8,900 live animals – vulnerable reptiles, big cat cubs and primates, including critically endangered baby orangutans, from the live pet trade

Our Impact in 2023

Our work contributed to:

  • the arrests of 25 high-level suspected traffickers
  • the disruption of at least 10 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 further expanded our network of allies and partners so our work can make an even greater impact
  • we also broadened our global reach and established a presence in the United States of America and in Thailand

2023 was an outstanding year for the Wildlife Justice Commission, marked by significant achievements. Our unwavering commitment to disrupt and help dismantle transnational criminal networks involved in wildlife trafficking led to notable successes in countries such as Nigeria, Mozambique, Indonesia, and Malaysia, where we played a crucial role in facilitating substantial arrests.

Have a look at our highlights in 2023: