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Wildlife Witness app - combating wildlife crime!

Wildlife trafficking is the second greatest threat to species survival globally. It is big business and involves serious crime networks. Travellers overseas often bear witness but are powerless to act.

That's now changed. You can help protect millions of animals killed through illegal wildlife trade each year.

How? Downloading the Wildlife Witness app. (iPhone and iPad only at this stage, but Android is coming)

People can now report suspected illegal wildlife trade in South-East Asia using a smartphone app developed by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia in partnership with TRAFFIC.

The ‘Wildlife Witness’ app enables users to report suspected illegal wildlife in trade in the region easily and quickly by taking a photo, pinning the exact location of an incident and sending these important details to TRAFFIC.

Reports by app users will be analysed by a Wildlife Crime Data Analyst and over time, the information will help build data and enrich understanding of illegal wildlife trade across the region, help prioritise response action and highlight areas in need of increased enforcement resources.

Wildlife Witness will also feature information on species threatened by trade, how they are often traded, as well as tips for reporting wildlife crime safely.

Its current focus is the South-East Asian region which serves as source, consumer and transit hub in both the legal and illegal trade of wildlife.

“With just a few taps on their smartphones, users can do two important things—learn how their purchasing decisions influence the illegal trade that threatens wildlife and contribute reports that will help build a more informed picture of this threat,” said Chris R. Shepherd, TRAFFIC’s Regional Director-South-East Asia.

“Being aware, and ensuring you are not supporting the illegal trade in wildlife is essential if people are to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem,” he added.

We believe Wildlife Witness can be a major tool in stopping Wildlife Trafficking. It makes it simple for you to watch out for wildlife and be part of the solution!

Download now and get reporting.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wildlife-witness/id738897823?mt=8

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