According to environmental inspectors in Europe, a kilogram of tiger bones is sold on the black market for up to $2,000.
The bones are used in Asia for traditional medicines.
Tiger bones are also used to make tiger bone wine. The wine is believed by its drinkers to increase a person’s health. According to wildlife investigators, a bottle of tiger bone wine sold in Western China on the border of Myanmar costs $88.
The bones of a tiger are not the only part that is in demand. Customers pay up to $1,300 to buy a tiger penis on the black market.
Source: Associated Press, “At airport, Czechs seize 2 almost full tiger skeletons believed destined for Asia black market,” Washington Post, July 11, 2013.