In Vietnam, a transit and consumer country for much endangered wildlife, authorities are using a website called www.giamdinhloai.vn launched in 2012. Users can identify 152 of the country's protected species as well as a number of commonly traded products taken from endangered wildlife such as rhino horn, elephant ivory, and tiger body parts.
Lastly, the US military police in Afghanistan will be able to use Wildlife Alert, a recently released mobile app, funded by the Department of Defense Legacy Program to identify species commonly traded in that part of Asia. WCS provides training to the US military police on products made from illegally traded wildlife such as snow leopard pelts often found on some military bases.
With the release of these three tools, we must now move into a new phase of investment and close coordination within the conservation community to support their use. For these apps, market share should be secondary to conservation impact. The sharing of images across platforms, for instance, could help to more quickly eliminate misidentified species.