Wildlife Trafficking

Past Programs and Projects

Wildlife Trafficking

Valued at $8 to $10 billion annually, wildlife trafficking finances criminal networks and terrorist groups, including the Lord’s Resistance Army and al-Shabaab. The foundation of Stimson’s work on Wildlife Trafficking is Project Ngulia, a capacity-building project in Tsavo West National Park in Kenya. Between 2013-2017, Stimson worked with partners across sectors and in several continents to develop a command, control, and communications (C3) system to enhance the rangers’ ability to enforce the reserve. While research, analysis, and publications often comprise the core the work done by think tanks, this project embodies Stimson’s model of implementing ideas in the real world. 

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Research and Analysis

September 22, 2014

In 2014, The Stimson Center, in partnership with local and global partners and the Kenyan government, committed to designing and implementing a gold standard integrated wildlife protection technology system that provides appropriate detection and communication technologies to assist enforcement teams mitigating poaching in the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Kenya.

March 24, 2014 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

In response to President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's call to action, the Stimson Center has initiated a project on technology and innovation against poaching and wildlife trafficking.

February 14, 2014 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

This week, the White House released its National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking.

February 3, 2014 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

There is a new threat in the terrorist hotbed of Africa, and the U.S. military can do much more to combat it. Poaching of endangered elephants and rhinos has become a conservation crisis, and profits from wildlife crimes are filling the coffers of terrorist organizations. The twin crises should be cause for alarm for military leaders, not just conservation groups. They need to start working together before it is too late.

January 17, 2014

Stimson hosted an event Jan. 10 with the British Embassy in Washington focusing on major themes of a forthcoming London conference on the illegal wildlife trade. A new Stimson report Killing Animals, Buying Arms examines this issue.

January 8, 2014

Governments around the world should work with each other, local residents and the private sector to reduce poaching and wildlife crimes that are funneling an estimated $19 billion annually to terrorists and other criminals, a Stimson Center report issued today recommends.

January 7, 2014 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

"Killing Animals, Buying Arms: Setting the Stage for Collaborative Solutions to Poaching + Wildlife Crime," outlines a path forward to combat the serious threat posed by poaching and wildlife crime to international security and economic development. The report, written by

November 12, 2013 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay , EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Globalization is predominantly thought of as a benign force offering greater opportunities for trade, communication and technological innovation. Yet globalization has developed a dark side, exploited by malicious actors like drug and human traffickers, terrorists and WMD proliferators.

October 24, 2013 | EXTERNAL: Alexander Georgieff , EXPERT: Johan Bergenas , EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

On 23 May 2013, poachers brutally killed a rhinoceros in Lake Nakuru National park, Kenya. Three days later, poachers attacked and killed two rhinoceroses in two separate incidents: at Solio Ranch near Nyeri in central Kenya, and at Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo West National park.

August 12, 2013 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas , EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently stepped up the fight against poachers, who kill tens of thousands of animals worldwide every year, selling their body parts for enormous profits.

May 1, 2013 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

At the end of last year, visiting Kenya under the auspices of a Stimson Center development and transnational security project in East Africa, I met Baraka, a 2.5-ton black rhinoceros that, despite being completely blind, is truly lucky
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