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Exotic wildlife species caught in the web of illegal trade to and from India

Published on Mar 05, 2024 11:45 AM IST

Exotic animals, both trafficked from and to India range from birds to reptiles with ancient lineage, and mammals, undermining decades of conservation efforts.

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African Spur Thighed Tortoise. India, with its abundant biodiversity and strategic geographic location, serves majorly as a destination and sometimes as a source for trafficked exotic species. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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African Spur Thighed Tortoise. India, with its abundant biodiversity and strategic geographic location, serves majorly as a destination and sometimes as a source for trafficked exotic species. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze)

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Monitor Lizard (Varanus). According to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), the period from 2011 to 2020 witnessed approximately 140 seizures of live exotic wildlife species. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Monitor Lizard (Varanus). According to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), the period from 2011 to 2020 witnessed approximately 140 seizures of live exotic wildlife species. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze)

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Monitor Lizard - Hatha Jodi. Exotic species are non-native animals or plants introduced into new environments, often causing ecological, economic, or health impacts on their adopted ecosystems.(Photo by Neil D'Cruze) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Monitor Lizard - Hatha Jodi. Exotic species are non-native animals or plants introduced into new environments, often causing ecological, economic, or health impacts on their adopted ecosystems.(Photo by Neil D'Cruze)

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Star Tortoise. The smuggling of native species of India to other countries includes mostly turtles and tortoises, according to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB). “The Indian Star Tortoise is notably the most trafficked species in this illegal trade," said HV Girisha, director, WCCB - India’s apex body to deal with wildlife crime.(Photo by Neil D'Cruze) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Star Tortoise. The smuggling of native species of India to other countries includes mostly turtles and tortoises, according to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB). “The Indian Star Tortoise is notably the most trafficked species in this illegal trade," said HV Girisha, director, WCCB - India’s apex body to deal with wildlife crime.(Photo by Neil D'Cruze)

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Star Tortoise (shell detail). (Photo by Neil D'Cruze) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Star Tortoise (shell detail). (Photo by Neil D'Cruze)

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Green Macaw. In the avian world, the exotic trade sees the Green and Blue Macaw and Copper Teal being smuggled across borders. (Photo by Jay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Green Macaw. In the avian world, the exotic trade sees the Green and Blue Macaw and Copper Teal being smuggled across borders. (Photo by Jay)

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Ball Python. “Exotic pet trade is all about getting what is non-native and rare into a country where the owner can show off with the animal,” said Jose Louies, joint director and chief of wildlife crime control, Wildlife Trust of India. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Ball Python. “Exotic pet trade is all about getting what is non-native and rare into a country where the owner can show off with the animal,” said Jose Louies, joint director and chief of wildlife crime control, Wildlife Trust of India. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze)

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Blue Iguana. The routes used for illegal trafficking are as complex as they are covert. Smugglers exploit porous borders, leveraging land and air pathways to transport these animals across continents. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Blue Iguana. The routes used for illegal trafficking are as complex as they are covert. Smugglers exploit porous borders, leveraging land and air pathways to transport these animals across continents. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze)

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Blue and Yellow Macaw. In the realm of air trafficking, the dynamics shift towards using the vast network of international flights to move contraband. This method of trafficking is particularly chosen for smuggling a variety of species, including ball pythons, cockatoos, capuchin monkeys, iguanas, kangaroos, macaws, and marmoset monkeys.(Photo by Neil D'Cruze) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 05, 2024 11:45 AM IST

Blue and Yellow Macaw. In the realm of air trafficking, the dynamics shift towards using the vast network of international flights to move contraband. This method of trafficking is particularly chosen for smuggling a variety of species, including ball pythons, cockatoos, capuchin monkeys, iguanas, kangaroos, macaws, and marmoset monkeys.(Photo by Neil D'Cruze)

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Pangolin. The impact of this trade is profound and multifaceted. Beyond the immediate threat to the survival of these species, trafficking of exotic species undermines conservation efforts, disrupts ecosystems, and can introduce invasive species that threaten local wildlife. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Pangolin. The impact of this trade is profound and multifaceted. Beyond the immediate threat to the survival of these species, trafficking of exotic species undermines conservation efforts, disrupts ecosystems, and can introduce invasive species that threaten local wildlife. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze)

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The elusive Golden-headed Lion Tamarin marmoset is on the official list of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau as a trafficked species.(Photo by Matt Flores / Unsplashed) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The elusive Golden-headed Lion Tamarin marmoset is on the official list of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau as a trafficked species.(Photo by Matt Flores / Unsplashed)

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Channa sp. fish species. As the world grapples with the consequences of habitat loss and climate change, the added pressure of wildlife trafficking exacerbates the challenges facing endangered species in India and beyond, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive solutions to protect the planet's irreplaceable natural wonders. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 05, 2024 11:45 AM IST

Channa sp. fish species. As the world grapples with the consequences of habitat loss and climate change, the added pressure of wildlife trafficking exacerbates the challenges facing endangered species in India and beyond, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive solutions to protect the planet's irreplaceable natural wonders. (Photo by Neil D'Cruze)

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