Like the colourful Oxpecker birds that remove parasites from wildlife in Africa, our investigative journalists target problems in the environment and peck away at them until they disappear. You can help reduce environmental crime by supporting the dedicated journalists who expose and track the villains.
The network of investigative journalists associated with Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism are all award-winning pioneers in the field. They tackle a wide range of environmental misdeeds, which not only threaten wildlife populations but entire ecosystems, livelihoods and revenue streams. Environmental crime has grown to become the world's fourth-largest crime sector in a few decades, and is expanding at two to three times the global economy.
Our journalists combine traditional investigative reporting techniques with data analysis and digital tools to expose eco-offences and track organized criminal syndicates. Their long-term impacts include halting 'canned' lion hunting, changing legislation in rhino and elephant poaching, stopping illicit trade in endangered species. These are seasoned journalists, working together with the new generation of environmental reporters and colleagues in other parts of the world.
Oxpeckers is run by journalists, for journalists. We have been asked by environmental journalists to expand our network of associates in 2018. Currently we have 15 associates on the beat; we want to add more by the end of the year. You can help us to mentor more African environmental journalists and keep the pressure on the villains who exploit our natural resources for personal gain.