The Species Survival Network, in cooperation with the Animal Welfare Institute, coordinates the presentation of the Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards to individuals who engage in exemplary law enforcement actions to protect wildlife.
The Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards are named in memory of the late Chief of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Law Enforcement, who pioneered the Division’s highly effective use of covert investigations and “sting” operations to uncover illegal wildlife trade. The awards have traditionally been presented by the Secretary-General of CITES during meetings of the Conference of the Parties.
Conserving wildlife is frequently difficult, dangerous and sometimes deadly. The Bavin Awards recognize the extraordinary efforts that law enforcement officers and other field-based individuals are willing to make in order to protect the world’s wildlife.