The team investigates trade networks, apprehends wildlife traffickers, and rescues and releases animals that have fallen victim to the trade.

By combining governmental authority with Wildlife Alliance oversight the team represents a unique model for tackling the illegal wildlife trade in Asia and is the only law enforcement unit in the region to be specifically dedicated to cracking down full-time on wildlife trafficking.

Government staffs seconded to the team have judicial and enforcement mandates whilst Wildlife Alliance provides strong supervision and management ensuring the effectiveness of actions and minimizing corruption. This results in targeted and effective law enforcement action against illegal trade. As a result, the work of the WRRT has gained recognition as one of Asia’s foremost wildlife law enforcement operation units, receiving the “Best Wildlife Law Enforcement Unit in Asia Award” from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) in 2015.

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