Defenders of Wildlife helps train Peruvian officials and agency representatives on how to identify sharks to ensure compliance with CITES.
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Humans have an obligation to protect and ensure the survival of the wildlife on our planet.
A big part of our work year-round is helping countries create proposals to present at the next CITES meeting, and gather support for them. Months, even years of work go into these proposals to better protect species native to the Americas from the often devastating demands of wildlife trade — but it’s not until the COP that we get to see if they are accepted.
Nearly one-third of all 6,400 known amphibian species are threatened with extinction, making them the most endangered group of animals in the world. And although the threats to amphibians are as varied as the species themselves, one common driving factor impacting species around the globe is the extreme exploitation for international trade.
Every year customs agents seize thousands of illegal wildlife trade parts and products each year at U.S. ports of entry.