Investigating the Illegal Trade of Rhino Horn Across Africa

Chantelle Melzer
Grantee Wildlife Crime Prevention and Conserv Congo
Type Tackling Trade in Rhino Horn
Location Africa-Wide
Species Black and White Rhino
Grant Amount $103,500
Duration 1 year

Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are two countries at the center of wildlife trafficking networks, with wildlife products like rhino horn and elephant ivory being transported from and through Zambia and the DRC to other transit countries. Angola, the DRC, Mozambique, and Tanzania have been identified as source countries for ivory poaching and trafficking. Poaching has now extended to rhino populations in Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Namibia. The RRF’s grant to Wildlife Crime Prevention and Conserv Congo aims to support evidence-based analysis of the poaching and illegal wildlife trade of rhino horn from source countries and attempt to disrupt poaching and trade through cross border partnerships.