Samples of some of the observed posts on Facebook advertising Sun Bear cubs and parts for sale.

Revealing the Online Trade of Sun Bears in Indonesia

Indonesia, mammals, online trade, Sun Bears

Illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia is widespread and online platforms are used to trade in a myriad of live animals, their parts and derivatives, including Sun Bears Helarctos malayanus.  Monitor examined the online trade of bears on Facebook in Indonesia and found at least 158 posts advertising the sale of live bears and their parts between January 2013 and January …

Asian Black bear in river

Asiatic Black Bear rescued from a bear bile farm in Vietnam. Despite the name, bear bile farms in Vietnam do not breed bears but rely on illegal capture from the wild. © Chris R. Shepherd | Monitor

Unbearable: The Illegal Trade in Asian Bear Species


The Green Gazette, 8 September 2019 By Dr. Chris R. Shepherd and Lalita Gomez The illegal trade of wildlife is ravaging our planet of life and diversity. Myriad species are drawing ever closer to extinction as we exploit them for food, medicine, pets, ornaments, leather, fashion, and even good luck charms. Poaching wildlife for trade now rivals habitat destruction as …

group of otters

Small-clawed Otter © Lalita Gomez | Monitor

Otters at CITES CoP18: Stronger protection from over-exploitation


By Lalita Gomez, Monitor The Small-clawed Otter Aonyx Cinereus and the Smooth-coated Otter Lutragale perspicillata were uplisted from Appendix II to Appendix I during the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of the Convention of the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held in Geneva, Switzerland this past week. Hunting for trade …