A crucial tool to address wildlife crime
Undercover investigative activities conducted by professionals are among the most important tools we have to address wildlife crime. We research the ‘modus operandi’ of the parties behind illegal trafficking, we target the individuals and organizations that are profiting from poaching and the illegal trade of wildlife, and when possible, we share information with trusted law enforcement agencies through our Confidential Intel Briefs (CIBs).
Our investigators come from the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa, with skills acquired in the field and an incredible amount of combined experience.
What and where we investigate
EAL’s Mission is to fight wildlife and forest crime globally. At the moment, being a relatively new organization with a limited budget, we are mainly focused in Africa and Asia and we work on trafficking of a few important wildlife products and live animals. In particular, we investigate poaching and the international trafficking of ivory, rhino horn, apes, big cats, pangolins, and illegal timber.
For security reasons we cannot elaborate on ongoing investigations.
A few examples of our investigative projects: Ivory & Rhino Horn in China and Hong Kong, Mombasa Port, Ivory Trafficking Networks in East Africa, Ivory and Terrorism.
Independence and Integrity
Our business model is different. In order to conduct information gathering operations and independent investigations in certain countries, and to be able to publish the findings and protect our integrity, we cannot be based in those countries as we cannot have offices and personnel who could become a liability during a potential confrontation with a body under investigation.
Our role is not to be part of the local establishment of NGOs, activists, governmental and inter-governmental organizations, but to act as an external agency with the goal of collecting actionable information and intelligence, without the risk of being censored, intimidated, or expelled.