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Addressing illegal wildlife trade

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Written by: Rebecca Drury
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Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is committed to tackling illegal wildlife trade and has been actively addressing this growing threat for more than a decade.

Some of the species we focus on include: Asian and African elephant, black rhino, northern white rhino, hawksbill and leatherback turtle, saiga, Siamese crocodile, and Sumatran tiger.

Our work to address illegal wildlife trade includes:

  • Helping to protect over 120 rhinos at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Having purchased the land in 2004, FFI established one of Africa’s leading conservancies for critically endangered rhinos. Ol Pejeta Conservancy holds the largest population of black rhinos in East Africa (over 100 individuals) and is of critical importance to wild rhino populations in the region. It also protects 20 southern white rhinos and three of the last four northern white rhinos in the world.
  • Supporting 26 conservancies to protect wildlife in eastern Africa through the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT). FFI is a founding partner of NRT which – through its support to its 26 member conservancies – is helping to protect over 31,000km2 of rangeland habitat supports a range of threatened species including elephant, black rhino, Grevy’s zebra and hirola.
  • Protectiong key elephant populations in Mozambique through the management of the Chuilexi conservancy within the Niassa National Reserve. At 42,000km2 – the size of Denmark – Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique is one of Africa’s largest protected areas and home to 70% of the country’s elephant population. FFI has supported management of the Reserve since 2002 and in 2012 FFI began managing the Chuilexi conservancy to protect the Mozambique’s highest concentration of elephants from increasing poaching pressure.
  • Protecting the Critically Endangered Sumatran tiger. FFI has been working in partnership with Kerinci Seblat National Park Authority in Sumatra for more than ten years to protect Sumatran tigers and their prey. To date, we have succeeded in stemming poaching, which has resulted in an increase in the tiger population and other species threatened by illegal trade.
  • Reducing the illegal trade of the saiga antelope. Since 2000, FFI has been working to reduce illegal hunting and trade of the Saiga antelope in the Ustyurt Plateau, a Critically Endangered species that ranges between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
  • Protecting leatherback and hawksbill turtles in Nicaragua. Since 2002, FFI has greatly reduced illegal harvesting and trade of marine turtles on the Pacific cast of Nicaragua, protecting leatherback, hawksbill and olive ridley turtle populations.
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Rebecca Drury

Rebecca is FFI’s Senior Technical Specialist for Wildlife Trade. With a PhD in Human Ecology, she is interested in the challenges of the relationship between human needs and the environment. Before joining FFI, Rebecca worked on these issues in Egypt, Nepal, Cambodia and Vietnam. Her work included researching the social drivers of consumer demand for wildlife products in Vietnam. At FFI, Rebecca provides technical input to, and is responsible for the strategic development of, FFI’s work to address illegal trade in wild species.

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