Iconic African wildlife species like elephants, rhinos, and apes are on the brink of extinction. Illegal trade in animal parts and live animals is a multi-billion dollar business that is being fueled by consumer demand for souvenirs and other exotic products.
Spanning borders and continents, this wildlife trafficking rips species from their habitats, harms the environment, and endangers the future survival of both wildlife and ecosystems -- but it also threatens national security and global economies.
While the majority of illegal wildlife trade is happening on a commercial scale, each of us has a role to play as tourists and consumers. The U.S. is one of the largest leading markets for illegal wildlife products. Americans, mostly unknowingly while traveling abroad, purchase skins and souvenirs made from endangered species.
You can avoid contributing to illegal wildlife trade. Join forces with the African Wildlife Foundation and learn how you can help stop illegal wildlife trade.
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