WildScan is a comprehensive species identification and response mobile application designed to combat wildlife trafficking. The application is designed to help frontline wildlife law enforcement agencies correctly identify, report and handle marine, freshwater and terrestrial animals caught in the illegal wildlife trade.
WildScan places critical information on endangered species, provided by leading experts in many fields, at the fingertips of those who need it most. WildScan is currently available for free on Apple and Android devices in English, Thai and Vietnamese.
Easy to Report Wildlife Crime
An easy-to-use report function allows users to photograph and report wildlife crime. Reports can be confidential or public and can be shared with others as per the users’ wishes. Public reports are displayed on the home screen for all users to view recent incidents. All reports are forwarded to appropriate law enforcement authorities in Southeast Asia through secure servers and disseminated to relevant focal points through the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN).
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An app developed with support from USAID is making wildlife protection officers more effective in their efforts to combat wildlife trafficking in Southeast Asia.
“Before using the WildScan application, we identified species by using photos from magazines and the news,” said Pham Tien Thinh, who works for the Forest Protection Department of Vietnam.
WildScan, Southeast Asia’s application for species identification available on Android, devices, can now be downloaded and used Apple devices in a move that can significant increase the reach of the tool across the region.
On November 3rd more than 70 law enforcement officers from different ministries and central agencies in Vietnam and staff from protected areas and national parks, took part in a training workshop for WildScan, a mobile phone application to support ongoing efforts to stop the trade of illegal wildlife.
The mobile application contains a unique identification function, high resolution photos and critical information for over 300 endangered species and illegal wildlife products commonly trafficked into and throughout Southeast Asia, as well as essential animal care instructions and a simple reporting system.
WildScan banner displayed at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport Customs area. Throughout December, Freeland promoted WildScan, a species identification app to tourists visiting Thailand. Through public outreach events, Freeland encouraged the public to download the app and report wildlife crime, a serious issue in Southeast Asia with a global black market value of US$19 billion.
WildScan contains photos and critical information for over 280 endangered species and illegal wildlife products commonly trafficked into and throughout Southeast Asia to assist in proper identification and rapid response.