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You can help stop wildlife trafficking through air transport.

It all starts with detecting suspicious behavior, luggage and cargo. It may be the nervous passenger wearing an oversize jacket at check-in or the nervous passenger with a strange smell on the airplane. It can be the suitcase travelling multiples destinations, the strangely-shaped bag on the conveyor belt or the large suitcase leaking when lifted. It can be the large box that says it contains nuts but in fact contains scales or sea horses. Or the bird that is not the kind described on the customs declaration.

When you detect anything suspicious, just keep your cool and quietly contain the situation. Handle the situation with care so you stay safe while managing to potentially rescue the hidden wildlife that is being trafficked. Report what you see and remember you are potentially dealing with someone in an illegal situation and a crime scene.

Your great detective skills can really make you the hero of this story. By being vigilant, observant and communicative, you act like a modern superhero, not only helping to bring justice but also to save wildlife and communities around the world.

Thank you for being that superhero – every single day.

To help inform your staff and colleagues, the following videos have been produced with the support of the USAID ROUTES Partnership. The species and modes of trafficking in these videos are examples and are not exclusive. The illegal wildlife trade is constantly evolving and you can help by being aware of some of the key things to look out for.