Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

We are proud to announce our Grand Prize Winners!

We are proud to award more than $900,000 to our four Grand Prize Winners! Chosen from 16 elite Prize Winners, these innovators presented truly exceptional and promising innovations that can significantly impact the fight against the illegal trafficking of terrestrial and marine wildlife. Find out more!   

We reward solutions that address four critical wildlife crime issues

Strengthen Forensic Evidence

The Problem: Authorities are often unable to identify illegal wildlife parts and products quickly or accurately or to share critical data with other agencies. This hampers the interdiction and criminal prosecution of traffickers.

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We reward solutions that address four critical wildlife crime issues

Detect Transit Routes

The Problem: Criminal gangs move illegal wildlife and wildlife parts to market undetected via complex and ever-changing transportation routes and, increasingly, over a vast and mostly unregulated online market. 

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We reward solutions that address four critical wildlife crime issues

Reduce Consumer Demand

The Problem: Cultural and societal norms influence surging demand for illegal wildlife. Live wildlife and their parts are used as pets, status symbols, ornaments, food, medicine, and religious symbols. Lack of awareness means that many consumers do not realize their actions contribute to the decimation of wild animal populations and an underground criminal trade that hurts economies and communities.

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We reward solutions that address four critical wildlife crime issues

Tackle Corruption

The Problem: Corruption enables wildlife trafficking at multiple stages along illegal supply chains. As the trade becomes more lucrative and dangerous, there are greater incentives for individuals in positions of power to accept bribes or other favors, or even to organize illegal trade networks.

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Meet our Prize Winners!

Sixteen innovators receive $10,000, as well as recognition, networking, and technical support. They will now compete for as much as $500,000 to scale their solutions. Learn more about our Prize Winners.

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