What Is the Illegal Wildlife Trade?

Though it is not what typically comes to mind first when thinking of criminal activity, the illegal wildlife trade is a major problem that has been damaging ecosystems for far too long. At Wild Response, we are dedicated to curbing this problem with our community development programs and innovative training for wildlife rangers. Keep reading to learn more about the illegal trade and how our wildlife non-profit is making a difference. Contribute to the cause and make an impact yourself by donating today.

rhino that survived horn poacher


The illegal trade in wildlife includes the capture and killing of animals, and the trading of animal parts, as well as animal products such as ivory, bush meat, and exotic pets. Wildlife rangers are the first line of defense protecting the endangered species against the threat of these activities. At Wild Response, we are passionate about bolstering this Thin Green Line by providing valuable training and resources to wildlife rangers.

Improving Lives Of Wildlife Rangers

A critically endangered species with a dwindling global population, the black rhinoceros is on the verge of extinction. The poaching market covets the animal's horn, which is in high demand for use in traditional Asian medicines. With our military veteran programs, we offer veteran expeditions the chance to join our wildlife non-profit and conservation efforts in protecting these African rhinos.

black rhino with big horn
Poachers with a haul of ivory tusks


In the same way that the black rhino is under attack for its horn, elephants face the threat of illegal poaching because of their coveted ivory tusks. At Wild Response, we are supporting wildlife rangers in their efforts to stop this sad poaching practice and illegal trade.


The long-tailed pangolin is believed to be the most trafficked mammal on the planet as their meat is valued as a delicacy and their scales are used in traditional Asian medicine despite no medical evidence of its effectiveness.


Contact Us Today!

By offering resources to wildlife rangers, we can be a part of the solution. We implore you to become more educated on the illegal wildlife trade and help protect endangered species by contacting the Wild Response team and donating to our efforts.