Illegal wildlife and forest trade is worth at least £11.5billion a year and is the 4th largest international crime stream worldwide. It threatens many species with extinction, robs communities of their natural resources and destroys natural habitats.
Wildlife and forest crime flourishes because the profits are huge and the risk of being caught is low. It flourishes in countries which are politically unstable and has been linked to organised criminal gangs, terrorism, drugs, arms trade, human trafficking and money laundering.
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) works with Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), NGOs and international lawyers to stamp out the illegal trade in endangerd species and protect biodiversity. DSWF funding helps to equip the brave men and women in the field who selflessly work to bring poachers to justice, spending weeks at a time away from home and putting their lives at risk.