Tell CITES: Strengthen protections for Africa's wildlife!

It's happening. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is taking place between August 17-28. With wildlife advocates like you by our side, we have a chance to enact significant change for Africa’s wildlife.

CITES is an international treaty between governments that ensures wild fauna and flora in international trade are not exploited unsustainably. These recommendations can – and should – be adjusted to account for pragmatic realities, which is why we are submitting our own recommendations to seven CITES proposals, based on findings from AWF's extensive work across different contexts in Africa.

We request enhanced conservation efforts for unique species like giraffes and pancake tortoises as populations across Africa are dwindling due to a lethal combination of wildlife trafficking, habitat loss, and poorly understood conservation efforts compared to other species.

We reject proposals for legalized international trade in species, like white rhinos and elephants, where any legalized trade sends mixed messages to the marketplace at a time when a single, unambiguous message needs to be communicated.

Now, we need YOU to boost our recommendations with one simple, yet powerful action: Join 50,000 advocates pledging to support AWF's recommendations at CITES to give Africa's wildlife a fighting chance. Add your name now.