Poaching eradicates species populations
Poaching—the illegal hunting or capture of wildlife—is one of the largest, most vicious threats to biodiversity and threatens the survival of countless species. It is a million- to billion-dollar industry, run by international networks that traffic animals across the globe for their parts, traditional medicine, the pet trade and numerous other nefarious activities.
Plants are no exception–timber species are logged and overexploited and rare flowers are relentlessly harvested for the cosmetics industry.
Protected areas ward off poachers
Rainforest Trust creates protected areas to defend wildlife against these crimes. Our partners conduct routine patrols to ensure permanent protection for the animal and plant species within a territory.