Wildlife crime is the fourth largest form of organized crime, after drugs, weapons and human trafficking. According to the World Bank, the value of wildlife crime is estimated between $1 trillion -$ 2 trillion per year! The industry operates with increasingly sophisticated and well-organized criminal networks. Syndicates often evade law enforcement, while the revenues are enormous.
The implications of wildlife crime are, besides the extinction of animals, serious organized crime, terrorism, economic disruption and the spread of infectious diseases. In support of a multi-disciplinary approach, the Wildlife Forensic Academy is committed to combatting the root cause of the transmission of many infectious diseases by ending wildlife poaching, trafficking and trade.
The Wildlife Forensic Academy fights against poaching by mobilizing forensic knowledge and expertise. By providing theoretical training and practical experience to law enforcement professionals and international students, we strengthen the criminal justice chain and make our course participants aware of the enormous global implications associated with wildlife crime.