Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

Lima, Peru | October 3, 4

WCS recently participated in the first high-level conference on the illegal wildlife trade in the Americas. The purpose: To build alliances between countries in the region and the main transit and destination countries for the coordinated prevention and control of illegal wildlife trade.


The Americas are home to 40% of the planet's biodiversity. But illegal wildlife trade is a major threat to these ecosystems. Frogs, macaws, jaguars, sharks, and more have been targeted.

In the News

Wildlife Trafficking on the Rise All Across Latin America

By The Guardian
“If enforcement is increased and governments collaborate more with each other I believe we can stop this in time,” said WCS's Sue Lieberman.

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Averting a Jaguar Poaching and Trafficking Crisis

Adrian Reuter, John Polisar, and Rob Wallace on Medium
Starting in 2010, evidence emerged that an illegal trade in jaguar parts in Latin America was resuming. This week, a chance to address it.

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Finally, Latin America is Tackling Wildlife Trafficking

Sue Lieberman for Mongabay
Preventive measures can and must be taken now to ensure that Latin America’s wildlife thrives, from Mexico to the tip of Patagonia.

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Top 5 Priorities

WCS Americas Team on Medium
As we prepare for this momentous meeting, here are five priority actions essential to tackling the challenge of illegal wildlife crime.

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Glass Frogs Under Threat in Latin America

Adrian Reuter on Medium
Glass frogs fall among the taxa whose international trade could significantly threaten their survival in the wild.

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Monitoring the Health of Vicuna

Yovana Murilla on Medium
Additional focus on this is needed because of a recognized increase in prevalence of mange in some populations.

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Wildlife Trafficking's New Front: Latin America

Liz Bennett on Medium
Wildlife trafficking appears to be a rapidly growing problem there due in part to increasing demand from abroad.

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Press Release

First of Its Kind

The goal is of the conference is for the governments attending to make strong commitments to treat wildlife crime as serious crime, to treat it with the highest priority, and to enhance their legislative, enforcement, prosecutorial, and cooperative efforts.

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The current nature of the trade in wildlife in the Americas and the manner in which this trade is evolving suggest far greater efforts are needed to mitigate its impacts. These documents give detail on efforts to stop it.

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