The illegal wildlife trade generates between US$7 billion and US$23 billion annually and threatens many of Africa's species with extinction. See the bigger picture with this inforgraphic from AWF.
Governments, conservation groups and citizens around the world will celebrate World Wildlife Day on March 3, but the celebrations may be muted as many of the planet’s species face the threat of extinction.
This year’s theme—“It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime”—focuses attention on wildlife crime, in particular the illegal wildlife trade, which generates between US$7 billion and US$23 billion annually. African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has committed a US$10 million through its Urgent Response Fund to stop poaching, wildlife trafficking and demand for wildlife products.
“Our commitment and determination to end this insidious trade that is decimating Africa’s wildlife is implicit in our launch of the Urgent Response Fund,” says African Wildlife Foundation CEO, Dr. Patrick Bergin. “Given the high stakes, we cannot afford to take the long and winding road toward protecting elephants, rhinos and other species. We are hitting hard now and everywhere at once with partners who share our sense of urgency.”
In spite of the scale the crisis, AWF and its partners have realized a number of successes:
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