Southeast Asia’s wildlife is facing a crisis. Where once there were thick forests, teeming with wildlife, in many places today there is only silence. Southeast Asia has the highest concentration of species on the edge of extinction. The illegal trade in wildlife is a serious conservation concern to an ever increasing number of species in Southeast Asia.
Trade in skin, meat, other body parts and even live animals all are rampant in this region. Illegal wildlife trade is in fact a multi-billion dollar business and is said to be among the most profitable illegal business after drugs, arms and human trafficking.
Growing affluence, increase in purchasing power, globalisation and lack of awareness, have led to a rise in demand for wildlife in developed, emerging and developing nations alike. This trade often deliberately targets the rare and exotic to meet the demand for exotic meat, traditional medicine, pets and luxury items.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) has been the authorized rescued centre for live confiscated wildlife in Singapore and has been receiving confiscated animals from the Agri Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), Singapore, for over two decades. WRS ensures that all cases of rescued and confiscated wildlife are appropriately managed in the best suitable manner.
WRS collaborates with national and international organizations to maximize our efforts and ensure impactful conservation outcomes.
In regards to fighting illegal wildlife trade, WRS collaborates with TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, to help curb wildlife crime through various joint efforts such as:
- Research – conducting in-depth assessments on illegal wildlife trade;
- Production of identification guides for enforcement authorities in English and many regional languages so that on ground staff are equipped with correct information; and
- Conducting training programmes for frontline staff, officials and enforcement authorities on skills that help them perform their duties in the best manner possible.
1. If we don’t BUY they will not DIE. Be watchful of what you purchase and consume. Say NO to:
- Wild meat delicacies,
- Medicines made from endangered species,
- Wildlife souvenirs,
- Keeping threatened wild animals as pets.
2. Help spread the message! Get your friends and family to also be aware and watchful of what they buy. If you are offered illegal wildlife or wildlife products, refuse and tell your loved ones to do the same.
3. Report wildlife crime to the local police or through the free Wildlife Witness app developed by TRAFFIC in partnership with the Taronga Conservation Society Australia.