Some of the world’s most iconic species continue to be killed by criminals, with species poached to extinction. In response to this threat, United for Wildlife agreed on an initial focus on the threat posed by illegal wildlife trade and has pledged to work together to help make a difference.

United for Wildlife is working to address all aspects of the illegal wildlife product supply chain, from source to market. As part of this we are dedicated to scoping out and trialling new technologies that can assist in the fight against poachers on the front line throughout Africa and Asia.

On-site protection

By supporting field sites, we are helping to develop testing locations where new and existing technology can be assessed for effectiveness, scalability and utility. In addition to on the ground testing we have also helped to build a web-based community platform. This brings experts from the technology world together with conservation practitioners to create a dynamic online community to combat illegal wildlife trade.

Regional Learning Hubs

As part of our ongoing commitment to conservation, we are also supporting regional training courses to help rangers get the training they need to respond to the threats from illegal wildlife trade and poaching.

As part of this work, we continue to support trainee rangers to develop their skills and knowledge at the Southern African Wildlife College in Hoedspruit, South Africa. Over 20 years, the college has trained close to 15,000 people from 26 African countries, mostly from the Southern Africa region. United for Wildlife has been supporting a number of projects at the college including Field Ranger training, community engagement work and Protected Area Management training.

Engaging Young People

United for Wildlife is working to engage young people with the issues of conservation and empower young conservationists to be ambassadors in their home countries.

Working with Avado, a specialist online learning platform provider, United for Wildlife partners have developed a series of Massive Open Online Courses for young people to learn about and engage with conservation. The United for Wildlife online learning platform now hosts eight courses covering topics from illegal wildlife trade to marine conservation. 2017 saw the launch of three short insight courses including the addition of Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Hindi subtitles. The platform now has over 11,400 registered learners and has been accessed over 500,000 times since the launch of the first course in September 2015.


  • Conservation International
  • Fauna & Flora International
  • IUCN
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • WCS
  • WWF
  • ZSL

"I believe passionately that we have a duty to prevent critically endangered species from being wiped out. If we get together, everywhere, we can preserve these animals.”

The Duke of Cambridge

Since its inception in December 2014, the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce has been working to facilitate collaboration between the transport sector and law enforcement to prevent wildlife trafficking across the world. What started out with 12 members of the Taskforce grew to 40 members with the initial signing of the Buckingham Palace Declaration in March 2016, and now has more than 90 signatories.

The London 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in October will see the world’s attention focused on London, bringing together international leadership and securing political commitments to end illegal wildlife trade. United for Wildlife will be highlighting its successful work with the private sector on these key issues at the Conference.

Transportation Taskforce Scorecard 2017

5 seizures of illegal wildlife products
23 law enforcement investigations supported by the Transport Taskforce information-sharing system
25k + transport company employees received training based on the Transport Taskforce Alerts
180 national customs services receiving Transport Taskforce Alerts
80% the global shipping industry receiving Transport Taskforce Bulletins