An estimate 38 million wildlife animals are poached from forests in Brazil every year, according to Renctas, a non-governmental organization fighting wildlife trafficking.
80 percent of the animals that are taken from the wild are birds.
90 percent of the animals that are taken from the forest die during the smuggling attempt.
A parrot or a toucan that was taken from the wild can be bought for less than $100 on the black market. If purchased legally in a store, the same bird will cost over $1,000.
Source: AFP, “Brazil cracks down on lucrative wild animal trade,” Google News, May 1, 2012.