Secure online whistleblower platform

Secure online whistleblower platform

The Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism has partnered with the world’s first secure online whistleblower platform dedicated to wildlife crime.

WildLeaks aims to fight wildlife and forest crime with the first state-of-the-art secure platform to submit tips and information. Launched on February 6 2014, the platform is managed by a group of like-minded international organisations.

It allows sources to stay anonymous and to submit sensitive information and files in a secure way, always encrypted, in respect to data transmission and management. If the complete ‘anonymity’ submission option is chosen, the whistleblower will be using a system that is entirely based on Tor technology, which is already integrated in the platform and allows navigating the Internet anonymously and in an untraceable way.

“Our first priority is to facilitate the identification of criminals and corrupt governmental officials behind the poaching and trafficking of endangered species such as ivory, rhino horn, big cats, apes, pangolins and birds, as well as forest products ” says project leader Andrea Crosta.

“But we also put a lot of effort into protecting the people who choose to send us information, not only by providing a state-of-the-art secure system but also by managing and using the information in the correct way”.

Highly experienced and responsible professionals, investigative reporters and ex-law enforcement officers evaluate documents and tips. In order to assess the information and decide what to do, WildLeaks uses sophisticated intelligence methodology, a vast network of contacts and the latest technologies.

“After anonymous information is received, evaluated and validated by WildLeaks, we work to transform this information into an actionable item, such as launching an investigation or sharing it with the media. When possible, it is shared with selected and trusted law enforcement officers, always aiming at exposing wildlife crimes and putting the responsible individuals behind bars.”

How You Can Help

We invite anyone who has information to provide tips and intelligence regarding wildlife crimes, such as poaching, wildlife trafficking, illegal logging and the human toll behind a wildlife crime.
Send information, documents and photos in an anonymous way using our secure system
Keep your identity anonymous or confidential, if needed.
Go to to find out how it works

Oxpeckers’ hard work uncovering environmental crimes costs time and money. A donation of as little as R20 can help keep our journalists on the case, and keep the pressure on those looking to exploit our natural resources for personal gain.

Fiona Macleod