OPERATION FAKE GOLD The Totoaba Supply Chain - From Mexico's Totoaba Cartels to China's Totoaba Maw Wholesalers An Illegal Trade Killing the Vaquita July 7, 2018, Los Angeles, California. Elephant Action League (EAL) is proud to release a new public report detailing another expansive, covert operation. In response to the dire circumstances facing the vaquita [...]

OPERATION MOZART EAL special ops intelligence gathering efforts led to the arrest of wildlife crime kingpins, including one of the most significant rhino horn traffickers in South East Asia. Bangkok, 12 December 2017. The Royal Thai Customs seizes 12.5 kg of rhino horn setting the stage for a ‘flash operation’ that has led to the arrest of [...]

OPERATION RED CLOUD: GRINDING RHINO The First Undercover Investigation into Rhino Horn Trafficking in China in Decades Los Angeles, July 18, 2017. Elephant Action League (EAL) is proud to release GRINDING RHINO, a public report detailing another expansive and successful undercover investigative operation. In response to unprecedented growth in rhinoceros poaching rates in the past ten years, and enduring consumer demand [...]

OPERATION AUSTRALIA In Spring 2016, the Elephant Action League (EAL) commenced an investigation codenamed Operation Australia in Thailand targeting the trafficking of live orangutans and birds from Indonesia for the illegal live pet trade. Intelligence was obtained that POI (Person of Interest) Mr. Pichet Muangrsi, aka Galim, was in possession of four juvenile orangutans from [...]

OPERATION GAME OVER BLENDING IVORY: OLD LOOPHOLES, NEW HOPES AN UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION ON CHINA’S IVORY TRADE Los Angeles, January 10, 2016. EAL publishes today a report on its undercover investigation in mainland China and Hong Kong in an effort to expose the areas where illegal ivory opportunistically enters the legal ivory market, and where China’s legal trade system and legal [...]

CUSTOM EXCERPT Based on these investigative efforts, we estimated that in that period up to 3 tons of ivory was smuggled from Kenya

A CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS OF ELEPHANT POACHING AND IVORY TRAFFICKING IN EAST AFRICA This case study takes data directly from the field collected by Elephant Action League and a partner in the field who infiltrated four elephant poaching and ivory trafficking networks in East Africa. What we found is in some respects at odds with the [...]

OPERATION VIEWPOINT An undercover survey of the Port of Mombasa by the Elephant Action League & WildLeaks reveals important vulnerabilities and weaknesses in shipping security procedures and confirms how corruption facilitates the role of the port as a major hub in ivory trafficking, with serious national and international security implications. Los Angeles, May 28, 2015 [...]

Upon the conclusion of our investigations, EAL prepares a Confidential Intelligence Brief (CIB) to share with relevant law enforcement bodies at national, regional, and international levels (and sometimes with our closest partner NGOs), depending on the nature of intelligence and which agencies are well-positioned to take effective action. The CIB is arguably the most important piece of [...]