In early 2019, South Africa-based Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism launched #WildEye, a digital GeoJournalism tool that collects and shares data on legal interventions against wildlife trafficking in Europe. In May 2020, with global attention focused on the wildlife trade as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, they expanded that tool to cover Asia.
Developed by journalists for journalists, #WildEye is a digital GeoJournalism tool that maps data on seizures, arrests, court cases and convictions. The platform also hosts a growing dossier of investigative reporting that either uses the data or is otherwise related to wildlife crime in Asia and Europe.
#WildEye builds on Oxpeckers' Rhino Poachers Court Cases tracker, which documents prosecutions and court cases across Southern Africa involving alleged rhino poachers. These tools all aggregate publicly available data to make it easily accessible for use by journalists, policymakers and the general public.