At Elephant Action League (EAL) we take impact tracking very seriously. We have developed a Results Framework and a set of indicators that provide us, and you, with evidence of what we do in the field and the impact that our work has on the global fight against wildlife crime. We do this so we can continue improving our field projects and report our work accurately to supporters and partners.
We started our field operations in 2015, and within less than four years we have conducted dozens of intelligence-gathering and investigative missions, in 14 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, on several criminal wildlife supply chains, including ivory, rhino horn, jaguar’s parts, live animals, seafood and other illegal wildlife products (see our Operations & Reports).
This work has resulted in the arrests of 12 people, including two of the most significant wildlife traffickers in South East Asia, as well as the production of dozens of Confidential Intelligence Briefs that have been shared with numerous law enforcement agencies in the U.S., China, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand, among others, supporting their work and transferring knowledge about criminal wildlife supply chains, from origin to destination countries, including dozens of traffickers and Persons of Interest along with their modus operandi.
Regarding awareness, our work was featured in the two most important wildlife/environmental documentaries of the past three years: The Ivory Game and Sea of Shadows, reaching millions of people around the world.
EAL works to hunt down wildlife crime kingpins and those making up their criminal networks. It is these individuals that drive poaching of iconic species from Africa to Asia to Latin America, and fuel demand for wildlife products.
Unfortunately, this work does not produce cute or tragic pictures of orphaned baby elephants and rhinos that pull at your heartstrings. What our work can produce is fewer and fewer orphaned baby elephants and rhinos by taking out the trafficking networks that kill their mothers.
Although it is important to support the care of those orphaned animals, it is equally important to support the work of our intelligence officers and investigators. They work tirelessly to disrupt and hopefully dismantle, the large-scale criminal syndicates responsible for the destruction of our planet.