Illegal loggers are smuggling out the bois de rose tree out of Madagascar to meet high demand for the timber. The bois de rose tree are popular in international markets due to its natural ruby colored hue within the wood.
One illegal logging group leader stated that he pays his loggers $1.33 for each kilogram of bois de rose that they cut down.
Back in 2009, an estimated $491,000 worth of bois de rose trees were being exported out of Madagascar each day. Environmental protection officers believe that the amount being exported in 2013 was much higher.
Source: Tamasin Ford, “Madagascar’s forests vanish to feed taste for rosewood in west and China,” Guardian, December 23, 2013.