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Wildlife Trade

Photography of conservation issues and solutions to the illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia.

Locations: Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Species: Primates, parrots, songbirds, helmeted hornbill, turtles, and more.

Singapore Parrot Trade. Copyright © Tim Plowden. All Rights Reserved.
A caged Red-whiskered bulbul in a songbird trap.
A Moluccan cockatoo, or Salmon-crested cockatoo, on display at a petting zoo in Sarawak.
Confiscated traps found in the forest at Chu Mom Ray National Park in Vietnam.
A vendor of traditional Vietnamese medicine sits in front of jars of dead wild animals.
Staff from Save Vietnam's Wildlife preparing food for rescued animals including pangolin, civets and leopard cat.
Owston's palm civet feeding on fruit in its enclosure at Save Vietnam's Wildlife in Cuc Phuong National Park.
A Vietnamese worker at the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park, grooms 3 Douc babies on her lap.
A rescued turtle at the Turtle Conservation Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park.
Captive Helmeted Hornbill at Penang Bird Park, Malaysia.
Cat Ba Langur, Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Vietnam

More info on documenting the illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia

My introduction to documenting illegal wildlife trade came in 2015 when after months of relationship building, I got the green light from the Southeast Asia Director of TRAFFIC. One of the TRAFFIC team in the Hanoi office would be able to act as a guide and interpreter while introducing me to conservation projects around the country which are trying and in some cases succeeding to find solutions to the illicit trade in wild animals.

After my work about Vietnam was published in the media, I was introduced by TRAFFIC to BirdLife International in Singapore. They commissioned me to produce a campaign video about the Helmeted Hornbill, which BirdLife use to raise funds for their work on the illegal bird trade.

Learn more about the conservation NGOs

TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Its mission is to ensure the trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.

Check out the TRAFFIC website for more details.

BirdLife International’s mission is to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people toward sustainability in the use of natural resources. As the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, with local roots and global reach informed by internationally-recognised science, BirdLife is uniquely placed to help guide and develop the post-2020 framework and mobilise support for its implementation.

Check out the BirdLife International website for more details.

Conservation Photography

Editorial Stock and Assignments

Image Licensing: Alamy

Themes: Illegal Wildlife Trade, Poaching, Exotic Pet Trade, Social and Behaviour Change

Publication Credits: New Scientist, Oryx, Birdlife International, Birdfair, The Guardian

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