Quick Answer: What Animals Are Sold On The Black Market?

  • African Elephant.
  • Amur Leopard.
  • Black Rhino.
  • Green Turtle.
  • Hawksbill Turtle.
  • Indian Elephant.
  • Javan Rhino.
  • Leatherback Turtle.

What animals are traded?

Charismatic mega-fauna are among commonly traded species native to the African continent including African elephants, pangolin, rhinoceros, leopards, and lions. Other animals such as vultures play a role in trade, both domestically and internationally.

How many animals are illegally traded each year?

Birds are the most common contraband; the State Department estimates that two million to five million wild birds, from hummingbirds to parrots to harpy eagles, are traded illegally worldwide every year. Millions of turtles, crocodiles, snakes and other reptiles are also trafficked, as well as mammals and insects.

How much does ivory sell for on the black market?

The going price for the ivory — tusks brutally hacked from elephants by poachers — is a cool $1,500 per pound.

Where is the black market?

A black market is economic activity that takes place outside government-sanctioned channels. Black market transactions usually occur “under the table” to let participants avoid government price controls or taxes.