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 …

The role of the Netherlands in the reptile trade


Potential illegality of some reptiles traded in and through the Netherlands, and the difficulties of regulating trade within the European single market CANADA, 27 September 2019 – A study by Monitor Conservation Research Society shines the spotlight on the Netherlands as a noteworthy player in the trade of species not listed on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of …

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 …

Ceratophora stoddarti (c) Jordi Janssen | Monitor

Reptiles and amphibians at CITES CoP18: Stronger protection from over-exploitation


By Jordi Janssen, Monitor In the months leading up to the Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention of the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which concluded in Geneva, Switzerland, on Aug 28th 2019, Monitor published several reports and scientific articles highlighting trade in Sri Lankan endemic reptiles, the Union Island Gecko Gonatodes …

tokay gecko looking at camera

Tokay Gecko © Christian Gloor

Millions of Tokay Geckos Are Taken From the Wild Each Year. International Protection Could Help Save Them


Indonesia raised its captive and export quotas for this over-exploited species, just as new international regulations are about to be discussed.  August 14, 2019 – by Chris R. Shepherd, Vincent Nijman and Jordi Janssen A popular reptile often found in pet stores is also one of the most heavily traded wildlife species on the planet — perhaps even more than …

Indian Star Tortoise trafficked in cardboard box

Indian Star Tortoises © Stephen Hogg | Wildtrack Photography

European Union key player in trafficking of Sri Lankan reptiles

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Increasing evidence of organised trafficking on Sri Lankan reptiles has been found, with the European Union (EU) being in the spotlight as a key destination. The Netherlands, 1 May 2019 – A new study, carried out by Monitor Conservation Research Society in collaboration with a prominent Sri Lankan herpetologist, highlights the ongoing trafficking of protected reptiles from Sri Lanka.  Published …