Number of Rhinos Killed in South Africa in 2014

Statistics released by the United Nation’s’ Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) showed that 1,215 rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2014. The number of rhinos killed for their rhino horn was a record high. 1,004 rhinos were poached and killed in South Africa in 2013. 668 were killed in 2012. 341… Continue reading Number of Rhinos Killed in South Africa in 2014

Price of Elephant Ivory in China in 2014

According to reports from wildlife organization Save the Elephants, the price for raw ivory in China was $2,100 per kilogram. Back in 2010, the price of the ivory was $750 per kilo. Between 2010 and 2012, up to 33,000 elephants were poached and killed on average each year. (See the price of elephants for sale… Continue reading Price of Elephant Ivory in China in 2014

Number of Elephants Killed by Poaching in 2013

Based on statistics released by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), there were at least 20,000 elephants killed world wide by poachers in 2013 for their ivory tusks. The number of elephants killed was slightly down from the 22,000 elephants killed in 2012 and the 25,000 poached in 2011. At the end… Continue reading Number of Elephants Killed by Poaching in 2013

Illegal Python Skin for Sale in Europe

According to wildlife conservation groups, up to $1 Billion worth of illegally grown python skins are being imported into Europe each year. The black market trade in python skins helping to meet the demand for python skin handbags sold by Gucci and other luxury brands. The legal market for python skins has grown from $137… Continue reading Illegal Python Skin for Sale in Europe

Price of Frog Legs for Sale in France

Police in France broke up a black market smuggling ring that was providing frog legs to Chefs across France. The three men were found with nearly 1,100 illegally grown frogs for the purpose of cutting of their legs to sell to restaurants. Criminal justice officials state that the amount of frog legs that the men… Continue reading Price of Frog Legs for Sale in France

Price of A Kilogram of Ivory for Sale in Asia

According to criminal justice programs and wildlife charities, a kilogram of ivory poached from elephants is available for sale in Asia at prices of $850 (€650). In 2011, over $31 Million worth of ivory tusks was smuggled from Eastern Africa to Asia, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. A large portion… Continue reading Price of A Kilogram of Ivory for Sale in Asia

Price of Pangolin Scales For Sale

A report released by China’s Public Security Bureau for Forests and the University of Oxford found that the average price for a kilogram of pangolin scales is available for sale for $600. The price of a kilo of pangolin scales for sale in 2013 was twice the amount that a kilogram of scales were sold… Continue reading Price of Pangolin Scales For Sale

Number of Wildlife Seized from Illegal Trade in 2013

The Wildlife Conservation Office in Thailand released its figures of the number of wildlife and animals that it seized from wildlife traffickers in 2013. According to the department, about 10,700 live animals, 1,348 carcasses of dead animals, and 3,293 kilograms of various animals parts were seized from wildlife traffickers in Thailand in 2013. 642 people… Continue reading Number of Wildlife Seized from Illegal Trade in 2013

Dinosaur Fossils for Sale on the Black Market

Paleontologists have reported that there is an active black market where traffickers provide customers dinosaur fossils for sale. The customers, who are usually in the high-income bracket, purchase dinosaur fossils as a collectable items or as artwork. In certain countries where dinosaur fossils are known to be buried, the buying and selling of the remains… Continue reading Dinosaur Fossils for Sale on the Black Market

Number of Marine Turtles Caught Each Year

Over 42,000 marine turtles are estimated to be legally caught each year around the world. Nearly three quarters of those turtles are caught in the waters of Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua, and Australia, according to a study conducted by wildlife charity Blue Ventures Conservations and the Univetsity of Exeter. 80 percent of the turtles that… Continue reading Number of Marine Turtles Caught Each Year