World Turtle News, 04/05/2017
The Sobering Reality of the Illegal Reptile Trade is Heartwrenching
Fourteen markets, 1500 animals, two years, $100,000. What do these all have in common? They are the stark reality of the illegal wildlife trade in Morocco. As a result of four surveys done over two years in Moroccan towns, it was determined that $100,000 worth of reptiles were sold openly in the markets. The surprising factor is that there is no secrecy involved in this illegal trade. Although many endangered species are bought and sold through these markets daily, the animals are marketed in the open square. Unfortunately, this is the case due to lack of government enforcement of regulations. The Moroccan government states that they are attempting to implement conservation measures, but the main issue is insufficient resources for the tasks of identifying target ecosystems and dealing with illegal vendors.
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Did You Know…
Glyptemys muhlenbergii was known as Clemmys muhlenbergii until 2008, when the species was placed in the genus Glyptemys.
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Photo from Vincent Nijman and Daniel Bergin.