Illegal wildlife trade
WWF and our local partners have responded to the high incidence of elephant and tiger poaching in central Sumatra by coordinating wildlife patrol units. These units conduct anti-poaching patrols, confiscate snares and other means of trapping animals, educate local people on the laws regarding poaching, and help authorities apprehend criminals. Evidence collected by the wildlife patrol units has helped bring known poachers to court. In many Asian countries, WWF works with TRAFFIC (the wildlife trade monitoring network), to reduce the threat that illegal and illicit domestic ivory markets pose to wild elephants.