The USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership brings together transport and logistics companies, government agencies, development groups, law enforcement, conservation organizations, academia and donors to disrupt wildlife trafficking activities, and forms a key element of the concerted international response to addressing wildlife poaching and associated criminal activities worldwide. 

How Aviation Staff Can Help Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade (Global)

This 3-minute video was produced with the support of the USAID ROUTES Partnership to help inform aviation staff about how to stop wildlife trafficking through air transport. The species and modes of trafficking in this video are examples and are not exclusive. The illegal wildlife trade is constantly evolving and staff can help by being aware of some of the key things to look out for.

Wildlife Trafficking Training Tools

ROUTES has developed a range of training tools for roles across the air transport sector.
These resources help teach employees how to detect, safety respond to, and report incidents of wildlife trafficking.

News and Updates

  • Jul 23, 2020 · News Item

    ROUTES July Newsletter

    Please find information on new resources, and more, below in the latest edition of the ROUTES newsletter. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to the ROUTES team with questions or to discuss opportunities to strengthen your efforts to combat wildlife trafficking.
  • Jul 23, 2020 · News Item

    Wildlife trafficking soars as illegal dealers use unchecked hubs in southern Africa

    Independent: Guyanese finches are almost always smuggled in hair curlers from Guyana to New York, while pig-nosed turtles are trafficked in high amounts, declared as a marine species, and flown from a regional Indonesian airport to Jakarta before flying to China.
  • Jul 23, 2020 · News Item

    Excess Baggage: How wildlife is trafficked by air in and out of India

    Mongabay: India is among the top 20 countries for the illegal wildlife trade and its fast expanding airport sector is often used by wildlife traffickers to smuggle high-end, high-value species and products.