The Wildlife Trade Portal is an interactive tool that displays TRAFFIC's open-source wildlife seizure and incident data. It was developed by TRAFFIC with the generous support of Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, via the ReTTA project.
The Portal allows users to search the open-source area of TRAFFIC's wildlife trade incident database and to filter the results. These results are displayed not only as a list but also in a dashboard format – showing, for example, a summary of the list in a chart or on a map. You can also click on individual records to find more in-depth information about a specific incident, such as the exact species, commodities and locations involved. Finally, these results can be exported to CSV format for further analysis.
In addition to accessing TRAFFIC's data, users can also upload their own relevant data to supplement the information the Portal holds. Any uploaded datasets or files will be checked by a member of staff at TRAFFIC before their inclusion in the Portal.
It should be noted that the Portal contains only a portion of the wildlife trade data managed by TRAFFIC. Certain records, and the fields therein, have been removed or simplified for use on the Portal.
As this is the first iteration of the Portal, it currently consists of data relating to illegal wildlife trade – we are planning to implement further updates in future which will aim to expand this.
All information available on the Portal is obtained from publicly accessible or "open" sources. More records will be added on a regular basis.
"Incidents" on the Portal are defined as a single event that took place at a specific moment in time.
For more information about how to use the Portal, please refer to the Guide.
While wildlife incident data is a vital source of information, it should not be inferred that there is a direct correlation between seizures and the overall illegal wildlife trade, or that information across locations, species or time is consistent.
TRAFFIC does not make any warranty that the Portal will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Portal at your own discretion and risk. TRAFFIC cannot be held liable for any errors or inaccuracies on the Portal, or for any damage or loss caused by use of the Portal.
Any maps shown in the Portal do not imply an opinion of the legal status of borders/territories.
TRAFFIC International (Year) Wildlife Trade Portal. Available at www.wildlifetradeportal.org.