Anti-Wildlife Trafficking App to be Rolled Out in Southeast Asia

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WildScan, Anti-Wildlife Trafficking Application Photo: Freeland

WildScan, Anti-Wildlife Trafficking Application Photo: Freeland

In the second week of December, the ASEAN-WEN’s official species identification and response application, WildScan, was presented to government representatives, non-governmental organizations and stakeholders at the Heart of Borneo Biodiversity Conservation workshop. Freeland, the lead developer of WildScan, provided details on expanding the mobile app to Malaysia and Indonesia in the coming year. This will involve significant input from law enforcement in Borneo from all three states to help ensure the many endangered, endemic species on the island are better protected. Borneo is home to many species threatened by trade including orangutans, pangolins and Sumatran rhinos. Widespread use of WildScan will mitigate wildlife trafficking by equipping officials, customs, rangers and police with species-specific information at their fingertips, enabling them to reliably identify and care for endangered species that are being illegally traded.

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