Project Predator targets the illegal poaching and trade in Asian tigers and other big cats, including leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards and Asiatic lions.

The issues

Tigers and other Asian big cats are on the brink of extinction. The greatest threat comes from criminals who control an illegal trade that spans countries and continents. Tigers and other Asian big cats are illegally killed or poached due to the high value of their fur on the black market, and the demand for their body parts for traditional medicines.

Profits from these illegal activities are also linked to fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, other kinds of smuggling, violence and extortion. The illegal trade in tigers is one of the most high-profile, destructive and urgent forms of wildlife crime.

The response

Project Predator aims to increase communication, coordination and collaboration between high-level enforcement experts and managers from tiger-range countries, drawing upon national and international strengths, resources and expertise.

The enforcement response needs to employ advanced, intelligence-led methods of investigation and to engage the whole criminal justice system. The response must target the individuals and networks who control this illegal trade, bring them to justice, and seize any assets obtained through their crimes.

These efforts were given further momentum by the resolution adopted at the 2014 INTERPOL General Assembly which urges member countries to raise awareness among law enforcement authorities of environmental crimes and violations, their causes and their impact.

Countries and partners involved

The project works closely with the Asian big cat range countries and dedicated wildlife enforcement networks. It seeks to harness political will, transform it into departmental support, and train law enforcement officers in the necessary skills.

  • Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Main funders: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and US State Department.
  • International organizations: ICCWC, the World Customs Organization, the World Bank’s Global Tiger Initiative, SAWEN and ASEAN-WEN.
  • NGOs: IFAW, Freeland Foundation, WWF/TRAFFIC.

Project activities

  • Stimulate intelligence-led investigations;
  • Gather, analyse and share intelligence;
  • Promote the use of INTERPOL’s global police databases;
  • Support international law enforcement operations;
  • Assist with the forensic processing of poaching scenes and seizure sites;
  • Bridge the gaps between arrests, investigations and prosecutions;
  • Host training courses and investigative planning meetings;
  • Develop a strategic and tactical analytic report on tiger crime;
  • Encourage the creation of National Environmental Security Task Forces (NESTs);
  • Maximize existing partnerships and develop new ones;
  • Strengthen the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) as an institution and connect it to INTERPOL’s secure global police communications network(I-24/7).
Project Predator - News
20 noviembre 2015

INTERPOL meeting aims to develop strategy to curb tiger crime

23 octubre 2015

Strategy to combat illegal wildlife trade in Central Asia marks International Snow Leopard Day

29 julio 2015

On Global Tiger Day, INTERPOL commends member country efforts to protect the species

05 junio 2015

INTERPOL operation against wildlife trafficking marks World Environment Day

03 marzo 2015

INTERPOL promueve una acción global en el Día Mundial de la Naturaleza

19 diciembre 2014

Hundreds of animals seized in operation targeting wildlife trafficking across Asia

29 julio 2014

En el Día Mundial del Tigre, INTERPOL reitera su compromiso de defender a esta especie

03 abril 2014

Un informe de INTERPOL destaca la necesidad de una mayor respuesta operativa para preservar a los tigres

29 julio 2013

INTERPOL celebra el Día Internacional del Tigre reiterando su compromiso con la protección de esta especie

12 julio 2013

La respuesta a los delitos contra las especies silvestres en el sudeste asiático, reforzada tras una reunión de INTERPOL

05 julio 2013

Reunión de INTERPOL en Asia Meridional para mejorar competencias en materia de investigación sobre delitos contra las especies silvestres

21 diciembre 2012

Curso de INTERPOL en Nepal sobre el empleo de información policial en las investigaciones sobre el medio ambiente

04 diciembre 2012

Unas operaciones de INTERPOL en Asia dan lugar al decomiso de tigres vivos y animales de otras especies protegidas

24 octubre 2012

La USAID financia una campaña de protección de los tigres salvajes dirigida por INTERPOL, en apoyo de la red sudasiática de protección de especies silvestres

19 octubre 2012

China organiza su primer seminario nacional sobre seguridad del medio ambiente con el apoyo de INTERPOL

18 septiembre 2012

INTERPOL launches National Environmental Security Task Force initiative

29 julio 2012

Los resultados de una operación de INTERPOL en defensa de la fauna y la flora silvestres marcan el Día Mundial del Tigre

14 febrero 2012

World’s remaining wild tiger range countries agree on police and customs enforcement measures for nearly-extinct species

07 octubre 2010

Illegal tiger trade targeted by international operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL

03 diciembre 2009

INTERPOL and CITES hold wildlife enforcement course to combat tiger poaching