TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, is a joint program of WWF, the global conservation organization and IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. TRAFFIC currently works on wildlife trade issues in over 25 countries and territories, with ongoing research and activities in several others.
Hamilton Zoo is one of nine Zoo and Aquarium Association Institutional Members who have joined in partnership with TRAFFIC's Southeast Asia Regional office. The project aims to collaboratively:
- Enhance the identification and disruption of transnational, organised criminal networks illegally trading in wildlife across different commodities and species.
- Showcase Zoo and Aquaria industry best practice in relation to wildlife trade.
- Utilise zoo-based data and expertise to reduce the impacts of trade on global biodiversity.
- Empower visitors, relevant communities and wider stakeholder networks to take positive action to combat illegal wildlife trade.