The illegal wildlife trade in Nigeria is driven by a combination of demand for traditional medicine and food, as well as high-value species for the international trade in wildlife products. Nigeria’s porous borders and weak law enforcement result in a transit hub for illegal wildlife trade, with traffickers using Nigeria as a transit point. To combat this issue, Nigeria has enacted various laws but the implementation and enforcement of these laws remain a challenge.
Wild at Life e.V. is working intensively, both undercover and on emergency rescues, in the notorious Nigerian wet markets. These wet markets are not only extremely cruel places for animals, but the proximity between people and wildlife in wet markets also carries huge disease risks, posing a direct threat to human health and safety.