WildLeaks collaborates with a number of organizations and professionals from the around the world.
They include experts from the environmental sector, as well as the media, who provide guidance and advice to assist WildLeaks to assess, cross check, and handle information in an appropriate manner. WildLeaks also shares intelligence and information with some partners and offers its services free-of-charge to selected organizations (reception of confidential anonymous information, first assessment and forwarding).
Not all of our partners and advisors wish to be known for security reasons so the following list is not exhaustive.
Elephant Action League (EAL) is an innovative hybrid nonprofit organization that merges the worlds of intelligence, investigations and conservation in service of wildlife and the people who protect it.
EAL conducts deep-cover field investigations and other information gathering activities in Africa and Asia. This includes infiltrating criminal/trafficking networks, investigating transit hubs, collecting information from multisectoral, international informants and managing WildLeaks, the world’s first wildlife and forest crime whistleblowing initiative.
The Wildlife Justice Commission is an independent organization founded in March 2015 in The Hague, Netherlands, by legal, criminal justice and conservation experts in order to expose and disrupt the criminal networks responsible for transnational, organized wildlife crime.
The end product of the investigative work is a case file in the form of a ‘Map of Facts’ that exposes how the networks operate and what the Wildlife Justice Commission knows about the key perpetrators. This is the starting point for efforts to ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable by governments and law enforcement agencies. An independent Accountability Panel reviews the ‘Map of Facts’ before it is shared with the relevant state authorities.
Conservation International is a global nonprofit organization working to protect nature for the benefit of people everywhere. Wildlife and natural resource trafficking is a clear threat to CI’s vision for a sustainable future. The loss of natural resources around the world, including species and the habitats they need to survive, not only erodes natural capital, but can lead to security and governance issues, including instability and conflict.
CI addresses illegal wildlife trade through partnerships, including WildLeaks; through supporting intergovernmental conventions and frameworks to secure ecosystems, habitats and species; and through local initiatives.
Panthera, founded in 2006, is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global conservation strategies for the most imperiled large cats – tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, cougars and leopards.
Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera works in partnership with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities and governments around the globe.
C4ADS is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, which leverages data-driven analysis and emerging cutting-edge technologies to map, track and expose illicit networks worldwide.
EcoJust is a consultancy based in The Hague, The Netherlands, which provides strategic advice to NGOs and (inter-) governmental organisations on legal and practical issues concerning the implementation and enforcement of (international) biodiversity law.
Among other things, EcoJust has specialized expertise in the field of the global trafficking of endangered species of wild flora and fauna and the consumer demand that is driving it. EcoJust works internationally through collaborations with a multidisciplinary network of professionals and enjoys close connections with key NGOs and law enforcement agencies around the world.
The Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism is Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues. The Center combines traditional investigative reporting with data analysis and geo-mapping tools to expose eco-offences and track organized crime syndicates in southern Africa.
Oxpeckers is a non-profit organization that aims to dramatically improve the quality and impact of African environmental journalism. It’s based in South Africa.
The TREES Project (Timber Regulation Enforcement to protect European wood Sector from criminal infiltration) was a 20 month transnational project aimed at enforcing the EU Timber Regulation (N°995/2010) implementation as an instrument to fight corruption as facilitator of organized crimes activities. It is a research project funded by the Internal Affairs DG of the European Commission as part of the ISEC Program (Prevention of and Fight against Crime).
TREES aims at exploring anti-corruption potentialities of this regulation, increasing cooperation among LEAs (such as police bodies and controlling authorities) and private operators, improving their cooperation to fight against crime, and transferring project results to EU MS.
The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) is the largest non-governmental organization for environmental protection and nature conservation in Finland.
The purpose of FANC is to protect the environment, promote nature conservation, preserve cultural heritage, and promote active citizenship and environmental awareness.
The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) was inspired by observing otters in their natural habitat.
Because the otter lives, feeds and plays on land and in the water and is at the peak of the food chain it is an ambassador species to a first class environment. IOSF was set up to protect and help the 13 species of otter worldwide through a combination of compassion and science. We support projects to protect otters, which will also ensure that we have a healthy environment for all species, including our own.
IOSF works closely with other organisations to protect otters in the wild and in captivity. In particular we are concerned with the high level of wildlife crime involving otters and we are members and partners of Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking (CAWT), Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW UK), Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime in Scotland (PAWS), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and WildLeaks.
The Tikki Hywood Trust has been in operation in Zimbabwe since 1994. The logo is the Pangolin, to us a symbol of respect and honor of a species that deserves recognition and protection. The Trust’s expertise with this species comes from years of working with rescued animals from poaching situations.
The Trust is the only recognized pangolin rehabilitation and release organization in Zimbabwe and is a founding member of various recently established pangolin interest groups. Considered the African experts on this species and, as such, the Trust is consulted in matters relating to rescue, captive care, orphan rearing, rehabilitation, and release. The Trust is actively involved with changing legislation, anti-poaching efforts, following up on prosecution and the implementation of wildlife law.
SMA Consulting is an independent consultancy based in the U.S. that provides advice and expertise to NGO’s, governmental agencies, and businesses related to combating the exploitation and global trafficking of wildlife.
It is headed by Salvatore Amato, a recognized expert with over twenty-five years experience in the field of wildlife law enforcement. Sal served as the Special Agent in Charge of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Region where he directed the enforcement efforts of special agents and wildlife inspectors in thirteen states. Previously, he served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Branch of Special Operation where he directed complex long-term covert operations and the intelligence functions of the Service.
Shark Research Institute (SRI) is an international multidisciplinary scientific research and conservation organization that sponsors and conducts research on sharks in numerous locations around the world. The organization also actively campaigns for shark and ocean conservation at regional, national and international forums such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
100Reporters is a U.S. based award-winning investigative journalists network. Its mission is “to inform and promote the public’s right to know through investigative journalism, adapting traditional tools and standards of ethics and excellence to the new media landscape, and working with whistleblowers and citizen watchdogs to expose corruption and heighten public accountability.”