Mapping Wildlife Crime

In early 2019, South Africa-based Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism launched #WildEye, a digital GeoJournalism tool that maps and tracks data on Europe’s role in wildlife trafficking. 

#WildEye builds on Oxpeckers' Rhino Poachers Court Cases tracker, which documents prosecutions and court cases across Southern Africa involving alleged rhino poachers. Both tools aggregate publicly available data to 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 of wildlife and related products as well as 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.

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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.

A community-driven tool, designed by journalists for journalists, #WildEye allows you to request and share data, and to suggest stories that are linked to wildlife crime. If you would like to know about how to use #WildEye for your stories and investigations, read through the Guide for Journalists, available here.

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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