DID YOU KNOW:
1. Poaching and wildlife crimes funnel an estimated $19 billion annually to terrorists and other criminals.
2. The illegal wildlife trade is larger than the illicit trafficking of small arms, diamonds, gold, and oil.
3. Forty percent of the funding for various terrorist operations is also obtained through participation in the global wildlife trade
“Wildlife crime is no longer only a challenge to conservation,Â biodiversity and development. Poaching is — just as the illegal trade in arms, drugs and counterfeit goods — a serious threat to national and international security and economic development,” according to a report from the Stimson Center, a Washington, DC-based think tank.