Shepherd et al – 2019 – A case for listing the Union Island Gecko Gonatodes daudini in the Appendices of CITES

The Union Island Gecko Gonatodes daudini is a Critically Endangered gecko, endemic to Union Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This species is occurring in an area less than 1 km2 in one of the Grenadines only remaining stands of mature forest. Illegal trade in this species was first reported in 2011 and over-harvesting for the international pet trade is …

Janssen and Shepherd – 2019 – Trade in endangered and Critically Endangered Japanese herpetofauna

Abstract: Rare or newly discovered species are attractive targets for poaching as they often command a high value in the international market. Endemic species often have a very restricted range, making them extremely vulnerable to stochastic events and human activities, including poaching. Previous studies have shown that several species endemic to the Nansei Islands in Japan are available in theĀ  …

Gomez and Shepherd SMOOTH-COATED OTTER Lutrogale perspicillata RECEIVES FORMAL PROTECTION IN INDONESIA, BUT SMALL -CLAWED OTTER Aonyx cinereus DOES NOT

Abstract: The illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia is a major threat to a long and growing list of species. Otters are no exception and recent research has shown the trade in otters as pets in Indonesia is on the rise. While it is illegal to capture and trade otters from the wild in Indonesia, until recently only two of the …