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Vervet monkeys were one of the most common CITES-listed species found for sale

Cyber-enabled wildlife trade

in Central African Countries and Nigeria

Vervet monkeys were one of the most common CITES-listed species found for sale

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Published 5th July 2022

  English 

Survey finds online sales of CITES-listed species in five African countries while cyber legislation lacks

A TRAFFIC survey of seventy-two online platforms found a staggering 1,267 CITES*-listed species for sale in Central African countries and Nigeria between March 2018 and January 2021. In delivering these findings to the governments of the countries involved, TRAFFIC seeks to bolster national legislation to regulate these online sales when these do not comply with CITES regulations, which might be  jeopardising populations of already threatened species.

Cyber-enabled wildlife trade in Central African Countries and Nigeria

Report author(s):
Amy Woolloff, Sone Nkoke, Louisa Musing, Magdalena S. Svensson

Publication date:
July 2022


Notes:

*The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

They are listed in the three CITES Appendices. Species are grouped in the Appendices according to how threatened they are by international trade.

Acknowledgements

This report was funded by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.