Mapping Wildlife Crime
Wildlife traffickers are increasingly active in Europe, which is growing in importance as both a transit hub and a market for illegally-traded endangered species and their products. So what are the law enforcement agencies doing? And how would you know?

#WildEye is a digital GeoJournalism tool that seeks to fill the gap in information on seizures, arrests, court cases and convictions related to wildlife crime. Launched in January 2019 by Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism in partnership with the Earth Journalism Network, #WildEye maps and tracks data on law enforcement interventions across greater Europe.


#WildEye builds on the Oxpeckers Rhino Poachers Court Cases tracker, which documents prosecutions and court cases across Southern Africa involving alleged rhino poachers. The idea behind both tools is to aggregate publicly available data and make it easily accessible for use by journalists, policymakers and the general public.

Using search filters, tags, geolocation and custom online map-making, #WildEye enables users to find out about and track seizures, arrests, court cases and convictions that interest them. It is an open-source tool, freely available to those who want to use and share it.

Oxpeckers will be continuously updating and managing the map’s data, based in part on input from users. We welcome any guidance, tips and contact information that could be helpful to our development and data-collection efforts.

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Use #WildEye to track seizures, arrests, court cases & convictions across Europe. The data is anchored in our dossier of investigations below.