Suitcase for Survival Program
|The Suitcase for Survival program is a partnership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Fisheries Services's Office for Law Enforcement and with additional assistance from TRAFFIC North America. It is designed to address the need for a national education program focused on wildlife trade and biodiversity. Since 1991, the program has raised awareness about the devastation caused by illegal wildlife trade worldwide. It has also helped consumers understand the importance of biodiversity and how their buying habits can contribute to biodiversity conservation.|
The program includes several components that build on the strengths of the partners. The FWS and NOAA provide wildlife trade artifacts that have been confiscated at ports of entry. These artifacts are disseminated to a wide array of environmental educators and their respective institutions throughout the nation, and host institutions can assemble the artifacts into used suitcases. These suitcases can then be used to conduct wildlife trade educational programs with educators and students as well as the general public. Click on the link below for a list of those institutions. In addition to artifacts, the institutions can also use World Wildlife Fund's wildlife trade education module, Wildlife for Sale: An Educator's Guide to Exploring Wildlife Trade. To obtain more information click on the Frequently Asked Questions link below.