Sloths for Sale on the Black Market

in Environmental Threats

Wildlife traffickers offer sloths for sale in Cordoba, Colombia for around $30.

Animal experts say that many people buy sloths as pets, but do not understand the difficulty in raising and caring for the animals. For example, a zoologist told ABC News that they sloths survive on a complicated diet of about 40 different plant species.

The illegal wildlife trade in Colombia was estimated to have trafficked up to 60,000 animals in 2012.

(See more prices of animals for sale on the black market.)

Source:  John Schriffen and Alex Waterfield, “Hottest-Selling Animal in Colombia’s Illegal Pet Trade: Sloths,” ABC News, Nightline, May 28, 2013.

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