Hunting down wildlife crime online

Using power, technology and influence to keep the “life” in wildlife

It matters to us

The illegal selling of animal parts is the fourth biggest illicit industry worldwide behind drugs, counterfeit goods and human trafficking. These wildlife crimes not only decimate animal populations but also have a negative effect on the entire ecosystem, impacting local economies that rely on these ecosystems for tourism.

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Irdeto joined forces to protect animals from these crimes by leveraging Irdeto’s suite of cybersecurity services and technologies to investigate, identify and disrupt the sale of animal parts on the internet and help locate and arrest the criminals responsible for this illegal trading.

The global illegal wildlife trade generates between $7 billion and $23 billion in illicit revenue every year. Our mission is to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. If this illicit industry continues to thrive, then our mission is in jeopardy. Together with Irdeto, we have an incredible opportunity to bring about a positive change, disrupt this illicit industry and make a positive impact on wildlife in Africa as well as across the globe.

Kaddu Sebunya

President, AWF

Using Irdeto’s cybersecurity heritage to keep the “life” in wildlife:

 

  • Wildlife Crime is a business in a digital economy. Similar to illegal IP, content and counterfeit goods.
  • Illegal animal trade dealers are clever at covering their tracks.
  • Poachers & dealers sell their illegal goods online, all over the world. Same with pirates, hackers and counterfeit dealers.

Learn more about the Irdeto and AWF partnership

The killing of Africa’s wildlife is an international crisis

  • The # black rhinos reduced by 90% 90%

over the last three generations

Rhinos lost each day

to poaching

African lion population decline

%

in the last 21 years

Elephant poaching is

%

annually

The cheetah population decline over the last 15 years is

%

IMAGINE A WORLD
WITHOUT ELEPHANTS…
THAT NO LONGER
HAS LIONS…
OR GIRAFFES.
GORILLAS.
CHIMPANZEES.
RHINOS.
CHEETAHS.

– AWF 2018 General Report