The trade in parrots for pets,
alligator hide handbags, dried seahorse curios, elephant ivory, and
ramin pool cues--just a few examples of the billion dollar
international trade in wildlife and plants. Few people realize the
scope and impact of this trade that has been responsible for the
decline of wild populations of a number of species of animals and
International trade in many species is
regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). For more information on CITES,
visit our CITES Meetings
search the WCMC-CITES Wildlife Trade Database, visit our Links page.
Please see our articles at the left on
specific wildlife trade issues.