EIA’s wildlife campaign delivers lasting protections for some of the world’s most iconic species threatened by illegal trade and habitat degradation. Since its inception in 1984, EIA has been dedicated to protecting our world’s wildlife, relying on the best available scientific and trade data and intelligence from investigations, to support policies and actions that protect threatened and endangered species. EIA’s work focuses on stopping the illegal and unsustainable killing of, and trade in, threatened and endangered species like elephants and rhinos, and protecting the Arctic home of belugas and other whales and the forest habitats of great apes like orangutans.

Wildlife Campaign Goals

  • Restore healthy populations of elephants, rhinos, orangutans, and beluga whales across their natural ranges.
  • Cease the illegal and unsustainable killing of threatened and endangered species and unsustainable commercial trade in their parts. 
  • Prevent and reverse habitat degradation to support the restoration of vibrant ecosystems for threatened species.

Wildlife Campaign Impacts

  • EIA’s groundbreaking investigation into the illegal ivory trade tracing ivory from Africa through the Middle East to Asian markets provided key evidence that helped secure the 1989 ban on international ivory trade.
  • Since 2006, EIA has persuaded 3,500 Japanese supermarkets, as well as e-commerce sellers Amazon and Google’s Japanese shopping sites, to cease the sale of whale and dolphin products, eliminating more than $60million of ivory products from the Japanese market.
  • After years of campaign work, large and influential retailers Rakuten Ichiba and Yahoo! Japan ceased selling elephant ivory on their platforms, in 2017 and 2019 respectively, eliminating mass quantities of product from the Japanese market.
  • EIA’s release of the “Pebble Tapes” had a game-changing impact on the likelihood of success of the proposed Pebble Mine project, a highly controversial proposed massive copper mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Ultimately the project permit was rejected.

Related Resources


Japan Targeted by Zimbabwe as Future Ivory Buyer

In a jarring photo worth a thousand words, Japan’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Satoshi Tanaka, holds a large elephant tusk from Zimbabwe’s stockpile, which he toured last week. The image crystallizes EIA’s concern that Japan continues to be perceived as a potential buyer for any wishful future international sales of ivory. Before Zimbabwe’s African Elephant Summit in Hwange […]


Poached Timber

    Since 2018, Mali has suffered two military coups, while the country has become one of the largest suppliers of rosewood to China, through the export of Pterocarpus erinaceus – commonly identified as “kosso,” “keno,” or “bois de vêne,” a species the trade of which is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in […]


Letter: NGOs Urge Tokyo to Implement Advisory Council’s Recommendations on Ivory Trade

EIA and 26 international non-government environmental and conservation organizations sent a letter May 10, 2022, following up on previous letters and appeals to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), to urge TMG to follow through on its commitment and take action to address concerns about Tokyo’s ivory trade by implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Council. The […]

Press Release

Tokyo Ivory Assessment Process Closes, Includes Consideration of Legal Measures to Address Ivory Trade

Environmentalists welcomed the recommendations from the designated panel of experts to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) on steps to take to address its ivory trade problem. After international concerns were raised about Tokyo’s ivory trade and illegal exports, in January 2020 Tokyo’s Governor Koike expressed a commitment to taking meaningful action in Tokyo, as leading international city, […]


The good, the bad and the ugly

EIA campaigners present their detailed analysis on the decisions made at the recent CITES Standing Committee gathering in Lyon, France. EIA’s UK and US Wildlife Teams were at the 74th Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC74) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), in Lyon, 7-11 March 2022. The meeting was held […]


EIA Priorities for CITES Standing Committee 74

This week governments and NGOs from around the world will descend on Lyon, France, for the 74th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC74). As a result of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be the first in-person CITES meeting since the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18). CITES Parties will tackle a packed agenda […]