A trafficker arrested with a live mandrill, Congo, 30 Jul 2022

A Malian trafficker arrested with 19 items of carved ivory, Senegal, 27 Jul 2022

2 traffickers arrested with 153kg of pangolin scales, Ivory Coast, 30 Jun 2022

A woman arrested with a baby chimp and a mustache guenon, Gabon, 27 Jun 2022

A mandrill rescued, Congo, 27 Jun 2022

The EAGLE Network (Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement) is leading the fight against wildlife crime with more than 2,000 significant wildlife traffickers jailed to date, fighting corruption to break complicity and ensure justice.

EAGLE developed a model of working with governments on Investigations, Arrest operations, Legal follow up and Media activities to get the law applied.

A large part of the work of EAGLE’s activists is in fighting corruption - we detect corruption in 85% of our arrest operations, and in 80% of our cases in court. We are not just detecting corruption, our role is to fight these corruption attempts. The approach received good backing from governments wishing to fight corruption within its services.

The model of EAGLE started in Cameroon and is now replicated in eight countries that form a network, and shifted countries from zero wild life prosecutions to a rate of one major trafficker arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned per week.

The model of EAGLE and its innovation in the fight against corruption and its integration into conservation has landed it 7 international awards to date.

The over-arching objective of the EAGLE Network is: To developing civic activism and collaborate with governments and civil society to improve the application of national and international environmental legislation through a program of activities: investigations, arrests, prosecutions and publicity. Through this, EAGLE aims to generate a strong deterrent against the illegal trade in wildlife, timber and related criminal activities, including corruption.

To investigate and infiltrate criminal networks, identifying major wildlife traffickers and obtaining the required evidence against them
Arrest OperationsArrest Operations
to bring about the arrests of major wildlife traffickers at a rate of one per week per country
Legal Follow-upLegal Follow-up
to ensure the prosecution of significant wildlife traffickers, including the conviction and serving of deterring sentences.
Media ExposureMedia Exposure
to create deterrent by raising public awareness of the increased enforcement of wildlife laws and the risks and penalties for wildlife criminals
The media channels inform the public that the law has been actively enforced, thereby providing public education on the change in enforcement increasing the deterrent and criminalizing the illegal trade in endangered wildlife.