Peru’s rare wildlife for sale – BBC News

The global trade in wildlife is worth an estimated US$20 billion a year. Peru is one of the most biodiverse nations on the planet. But its government estimates 400 species of fauna and flora are in danger of extinction – illicit trafficking is one of the biggest threats. The illegal wildlife trade supplies live birds and animals – mackaws, parrots, monkeys, turtles – for both the local market and overseas collectors. It also commercialises body parts – the rare Andean bear, and the feathers of condors. So how is Peru attempting to protect its precious resources?

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Edited by Dave O’Neill

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