This section provides the results of our CATCA EWS  e-commerce investigations on protected animal species

since 2008.

Below are our CATCA reports on the illegal e-trade of wildlife. Click on the links to view all of our reports in PDF format.

Ivory E-Commerce in Latin America – 2016 


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NEW! Our report on the e-commerce of elephant ivory in the Americas, just in time for the CITES CoP17, which will take place in South Africa in September, 2016.



Ivory E-trade in Africa and Asia Report     


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This is our “Internet trade of elephant ivory in Africa and Asia – Report 2013”, made in collaboration with our Animal Conservation and Welfare Foundation colleagues in Poland.

This report was delivered in person to the heads of delegations of five continents at the CITES CoP16 in March, and also to the CITES Secretary-General Mr John Scanlon, to Mr. Wim Wijnstekers (the former CITES S.-General), to the CITES Secretariat, to Mr. Achim Steiner UNEP Executive Director, the Director of Interpol, to the enforcement authorities in Africa and Asia (but also from Latin America, US, Europe and Oceania), NGO’s and international media.

It was very well received and our team was widely congratulated for this investigation.

I also received a couple of e-mails from Interpol HQ’s in Switzerland with a message congratulating our CATCA/ACWF team for the initiative of doing this investigation, and another one saying that they have saved all our CATCA investigative e-trade of wildlife reports in their database “as good resources for future reference”.

When delivering the report, I emphasized to the governments the importance of creating a section dedicated to monitor the e-trade of ivory and of wildlife, as this kind of trade is not only increasing worldwide, but this illegal wildlife trade also supports buying illegal weapons, organized crime, pirates and dictators, such as Koni.

Special thanks goes to all members of both teams that worked very hard researching the internet in several countries and languages for this investigation and in analyzing the data.

Ericka Ceballos  ACWF/CATCA EWS


CATCA at the Seminar on the implementation of CITES and EU WTR in CE Europe

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CATCA participated in a Seminar on the implementation of wildlife trade regulations in Central and Eastern Europe Representatives from nine Central and Eastern European countries, several non-governmental organizations, including CATCA met last week in Poznań, Poland to examine the ways to improve wildlife trade regulations in the region.

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe share similar problems related to an effective enforcement of CITES regulations (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), and because of their geographic situation, they have a unique responsibility for controlling the importation of protected animals and plants and their products from Asia. The delegates examined issues ranging from ownership, registration and commercial trading of protected wildlife to ways of tackling the growing web-organized trafficking of protected species. CATCA was honored to be invited to participate in the meeting, in particular to a session specialized in the illegal trade on the internet.

Ericka Ceballos from CATCA presented the results of her last three monitorings of the internet trade in protected species in Latin America. One of her monitorings was conducted according to the methodology developed by the Polish Society for Nature Conservation “Salamandra” and CEEweb for Biodiversity which is widely used in Europe. The delegates agreed that the requirements for certificates of legal origin for specimens in national and EU trade should be standardized across the region and these are currently being drafted.

All participants agreed that the seminar should be held on a regular basis and the next meeting is planned for 2012. The meeting was held during Poland’s current term as the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Seminar was organized by the Polish Society for Nature Conservation “Salamandra” and supported financially by the EU and the network of nature conservation NGO’s of Central and Eastern Europe: CEEweb for Biodiversity. The 35 delegates included representatives of CITES scientific and management authorities from nine countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine, and NGOs, were invited to attend by the Polish State Council for Nature Conservation and the Polish Ministry of the Environment.

Ericka Ceballos CATCA



CATCA Report 2011

                                                     Internet trade of primates in Latin America                                                        

Primates e-trade in Latin America

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Our report on E-trade of primates in Latin America

Due to the vast international media coverage we received with the CATCA Ecuador Report, and the great lobbying and informative tool that the CATCA Elephant Report turned out to be during the last CITES CoP in Doha, Qatar in March 2010, CATCA decided to continue to investigate, evaluate and expose the internet trade in Latin America.

Both Reports were a great success and we were congratulated not only by colleagues from other NGO’s, but also by the CITES Secretariat, Interpol and the CITES enforcement authorities from the different countries participating at the CoP15.

Once more, our gratitude goes to the Rufford Small Grants Foundation. Without them we would not have been able to develop this project.

In this research, CATCA found more primate species than we expected and also a vast amount of Old world monkeys. This investigation helped us to assess the internet trade in 5 Latin American countries.



 CATCA report 2010: Internet trade on protected animal species in Ecuador       

Ecuador Report 2009-2010         

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CATCA exposes the results of our investigation on the E-trade in Ecuador

Comments about our report were published in the media of 4 continents:




         CATCA report 2010: Internet trade of elephant ivory in Latin America                         

Report 2009-2019

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CATCA exposes the illegal trade of ivory in Latin America.

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E-trade on narwhal whales and polar bears specimens in Canada, the US and other countries CATCA draft report 2009 

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CATCA Polar Bear and Narwhal report