Profits for Wildlife Traffickers in the Philippines

Officials with the Philippines Government reported that farmers who trap native parrots and sell them to wildlife traffickers make around $12 (500 Philippine Pesos) per bird. However, the traffickers who buy the birds and then resells it on the black market can make up to 5 times that amount on average.  There have also been reports of birds of prey in the country being sold for as much as $20,000.

Source: AFP, “Philippines eats, sells biodiversity riches,” Google News, September 22, 2011.