Estimated Pangolins Killed in 2013

An estimated 8,125 pangolins were confiscated by wildlife officials in 49 incidents that took place across 13 countries. Using an estimate that seizures represent 10 to 20 percent of the total wildlife trafficking market, media reports state that up to 40,625 to 81,250 pangolins were possibly killed in 2013. Pangolin is an wildlife animal in… Continue reading Estimated Pangolins Killed in 2013

Price of Orchids for Sale on the Black Market

An article by the Daily Express in the UK reported on the black market trade in valuable and rare orchids, and the prices that buyers purchase these flowers. A rare Lady’s Slipper orchid, which is so rare that it is given police protection, was found on a golf course in the North of England. The… Continue reading Price of Orchids for Sale on the Black Market

Wildlife for Sale on the Internet in Indonesia

According to ProFauna, a wildlife charity, wildlife traffickers are offering wildlife for sale on websites catering to customers in Indonesia. On the popular Indonesian forum site Kaskus, the NGO found at least 220 advertisements of wildlife for sale in the month of January 2014. Based on an analysis of the advertisements, researchers were able to… Continue reading Wildlife for Sale on the Internet in Indonesia

Wildlife Poaching in California

According to wildlife protection officials in California, poaching of animals in the state is active as the animals are taken to be sold in the illegal wildlife market. California’s Fish and Game Commission stated that abalone, black bear parts and sturgeon are the top products that are poached in California. Other wildlife such as deer,… Continue reading Wildlife Poaching in California

Ivory Trafficking in Togo

In a single week at the start of 2014, security officials in the African nation of Togo seized nearly four tonnes of ivory at nation’s main port. While searching a cargo ship headed to Vietnam, authorities discovered nearly 1.7 tonnes of elephant ivory. After further searches, an additional 2.1 tonnes of ivory was discovered. In… Continue reading Ivory Trafficking in Togo

Illegal Wildlife for Sale in Texas

In 2010, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department investigated 160 cases of illegal wildlife sales on the black market. In 2013, the number of wildlife trafficking cases investigated by the department increased to 200. Among the wildlife items seized by authorities included reticulated pythons, anacondas, sting rays and piranhas. Many of the buyers are looking… Continue reading Illegal Wildlife for Sale in Texas

Number of Rhinos Killed in South Africa in 2013

According to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, a total of 1,004 rhinos were killed by poachers in 2013. The rate of poaching has continued to increase each year. 668 rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2012. 341 rhinos were killed in 2011. 333 rhinos were killed in 2010. 122 rhinos were killed… Continue reading Number of Rhinos Killed in South Africa in 2013

Tigers Killed in India in 2013

Data from the Wildlife Protection Society of India shows that 48 tigers were killed by poachers in India in 2013. The number of tigers killed was higher than the 32 tigers poached in 2012. Officials with wildlife charities state that demand for traditional medicine in China is behind the recent rise in tiger poaching in… Continue reading Tigers Killed in India in 2013

Number of Elephants Killed For Ivory Per Day

According to wildlife charities, nearly 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers. The poachers kill the elephants in order to cut off the elephant’s tusks. Ivory tusks with elaborate carvings on them can be sold for up to $3,000 per kilogram on the global black market. 70 percent of the demand for ivory… Continue reading Number of Elephants Killed For Ivory Per Day

Elephants in Africa and Poaching

The International Union for Conservation of Nature reports that there are about 500,000 elephants living in Africa. In 2012, poachers killed an estimated 22,000 elephants across Africa for the elephants ivory. The black market trade in ivory rose to the highest level recorded in 16 years during 2011. 70 percent of the ivory that is… Continue reading Elephants in Africa and Poaching