Wildlife Trafficking

News and statistics about wildlife trafficking and the illegal wildlife trade. Wildlife smuggling and animal trafficking data are collected from wildlife charities, research organizations, security officials and criminal justice programs.

In the wildlife trafficking market of Indonesia, a pangolin sells at prices between $5 to $10. When trafficked to Malaysia, the pangolin can sell for $15.

That same pangolin can then be trafficked and sold in China at prices higher than $100 per kilo.

Source: UNODC, “The Globalization of Crime,” Chapter 7: Environmental Resources, June 2010.

More than 361 tons of ivory was seized off of the global black market between 1989 and 2009.

Source: UNODC, “The Globalization of Crime,” Chapter 7: Environmental Resources, June 2010.

The price to buy a monkey on the black market in Europe is reported to be $123 (100 Euros) for a 4 kilogram monkey. The monkeys are reportedly imported to Europe in order to be eaten for its bush meat.

In Cameroon, the monkey is sold to traffickers for 5 euros.

It was also previously reported that the price to buy a monkey in Thailand is $55 per monkey, according to police.

(Additional exotic pets for sale.)

Source: Mark Kinver, “Illegal bushmeat ‘rife in Europe’,” BBC News, June 17, 2010, and Associated Press, “Thai police arrest monkey smugglers after finding 36 dead macaques in a truck,” International Herald Tribune, December 10, 2006.

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Wildlife traffickers illegally bring in an estimated 273 tons of  bushmeat to European markets for personal consumption.

Researchers found that on average, about 5 tons of bushmeat was seized by Customs at the Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport.

Source: Mark Kinver, “Illegal bushmeat ‘rife in Europe’,” BBC News, June 17, 2010.

The following is the reported price of buy a tiger on the black market.

Price of an entire dead tiger: $5,000

Price of a live tiger: $50,000

Price of tiger skin sold at a market: $35,000

Price of the remains of a dead tiger, such as its bones, skin and meat: $70,000.

When tiger cubs are for sale, the reported price is $3,200.

See additional costs and prices of other exotic wildlife animals.

Source: Bhalin Singh, “Plight of the Bengal: India awakens to the reality of its tigers—and their fate,” Mongabay.com, June 6, 2010.

Source:  Rhett Butler, “Laos Emerges as Key Source in Asia’s Illicit Wildlife Trade,” Yale Environment 360, February 26, 2009.

Between 65,000 to 78,000 parrots are illegally caught in the wild and bought and sold illegally in Mexico every year.

Source: Laurel Name, “Mexico has big role in the illegal parrot trade,” Mongabay.com, May 30, 2010.

3,189 leopards were killed in India between 1994 and 2006.

When investigating wildlife trafficking cells, Indian authorities report that for every 1 tiger skin, 7 leopard skins are found.

Source: PTI, “Leopards battling for survival,” The Hindu, May 18, 2010.

Traffickers and poachers killed up to 60,000 elephants each year around the world in order to sell their ivory on the global black market.

Around 38,000 elephants are killed in Africa.

 

Source: Associated Press, “Asian Ivory Trade Poses Danger to African Elephant,” ABC News, May 15, 2010.

Wildlife trafficking of ivory in 2004 led to a kilogram being sold on the black market to be about $100. Due to wildlife poaching, in 2008 the black market price for a kilogram of ivory was as high as $1,800.

Source: Associated Press, “Asian Ivory Trade Poses Danger to African Elephant,” ABC News, May 15, 2010.

Wildlife traffickers can sell an Asian Arowana fish on the black market for up to $200,000. The endangered fish, also known as a dragon fish, is prized in Asian cultures for its dragon appearance and belief that it brings good luck.

(See more prices of animals, reptiles and other species on the  black market.)

Source: Associated Press, “7 charged in LA with smuggling endangered fish,” Houston Chronicle, May 11, 2010.