Wildlife 1 Conservancy is an Asia based wildlife conservation organisation that monitors and reports wildlife conservation issues and provides enforcement assistance to counter illegal wildlife trade. W1C also works with government and non-government agencies and organisations to manage and implement wildlife conservation initiatives.
Wildlife1.org is a dedicated resource and reporting mechanism for monitoring wildlife trade and conservation issues in Asia, enhancing public awareness and enforcement capability.
Education and transparency are keys to changing attitudes so that individuals and communities can earn their livelihoods without destroying finite resources. Accordingly, Wildlife 1 is increasing awareness of the dramatic depletion of wildlife from poaching, trading and habitat destruction.
The global trade in wildlife is massive, it is now one of the biggest threats facing wildlife, worth over an estimated US$10 Billion per year (interpol) and second only to the global illicit trade in drugs and arms. Wildlife trade, driven by burgeoning human economies and the insatiable demand of consumer tastes, has driven countless species to the verge of extinction.
This initiative highlights the acts of abuse perpetrated against wildlife conveyed through powerful photography and factual account, but also of the cultural and institutionalised traditions that drive the market coupled with the crippling poverty and corruption that seeks to exploit the lucrative and fragile resource of exotic and endangered species.
Education is key to changing attitudes of present, and most importantly, future generations – of understanding that livelihoods can be earned other than through destruction of resources and that our anthropocentric vision can be broadened to appreciate and respect a diversity and richness beyond our own lives and needs.