Bengal Monitor Lizard on grass

Our vision is a world where wild animals cease to be over-exploited for human needs, and are revered for their intrinsic value in their natural environment.

Our vision is a world where wild animals cease to be over-exploited for human needs, and are revered for their intrinsic value in their natural environment.

'Our vision is a world where wild animals cease to be over-exploited for human needs, and are revered for their intrinsic value in their natural environment.

Bengal Monitor Lizard © Jordi Janssen | Monitor

helmeted hornbill perched on tree

Our mission is to reduce illegal and unsustainable trade of wildlife through scientific research that supports improved legislation governing wildlife trade and effective enforcement action.

Our mission is to reduce illegal and unsustainable trade of wildlife through scientific research that supports improved legislation governing wildlife trade and effective enforcement action.

Our mission is to reduce illegal and unsustainable trade of wildlife through scientific research that supports improved legislation governing wildlife trade and effective enforcement action.

Helmeted Hornbill © Sanjitpaal Singh | jitspics.com

"Tackling the illegal and unsustainable trade in little-known yet threatened species is our highest priority”

– Dr. Chris R. Shepherd, Executive Director, Monitor

"Tackling the illegal and unsustainable trade in little-known yet threatened species is our highest priority” – Dr. Chris R. Shepherd, Executive Director, Monitor

"Tackling the illegal and unsustainable trade in little-known yet threatened species is our highest priority”– Dr. Chris R. Shepherd, Executive Director, Monitor

Smooth Otter ©Stephen Hogg Wildtrack | Photography

Illegal and unsustainable trade in wildlife is currently one of the greatest threats to the survival of many species across the globe. It is among the largest and most profitable illicit activities in the world. The long and rapidly growing list of species being pushed to the brink of extinction is inexcusable on a planet where diversity is crucial to life.

The illegal trade in wildlife is pushing an increasing number of species closer to the brink of extinction every day. Wildlife is poached and trafficked for a wide range of purposes; for subsistence and luxury consumption, decorative and luxury goods, use in traditional medicines and live as pets.

While the decline in some species such as Tigers, elephants and rhinos are reasonably well-documented, the illegal trade lesser-known, species are is often overlooked. These species are often at greater risk due to a lack of available information to support legal and conservation initiatives, and due to a lack of public awareness and concern. Key to our approach is giving these lesser-known species groups the attention they deserve.

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