—A comprehensive survey of Jakarta’s sprawling bird markets shows the daunting scale of the illegal trade in native birds and raises the alarm for Indonesia, home to the highest number of threatened bird species in Asia.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 13th August—So rare that captive breeding centres have been robbed, the soaring prices and drop in availability of Black-winged Mynas in trade point to a species on the brink.
Update: On 20th October 2015, Perhilitan announed the two Orang Utans would be returned to Medan, Indonesia, the following day.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27th July 2015—Malaysian authorities announced today the arrest of four men and the rescue of two juvenile Orang Utans offered for sale through a social media page used by a clandestine group to trade exotic wildlife online.
Puerto Princesa, Philippines, 24th June 2015—Over 4,400 freshwater turtles, the majority of them Critically Endangered Palawan Forest Turtles Siebenrockiella leytensis , were seized last week in southern Palawan, Philippines.
Bogor, Indonesia, 10th June 2015—TRAFFIC last week addressed a meeting of global wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres in Southeast Asia, underscoring the impact the region’s rising demand for exotic animals has on endangered species.
Cambridge, UK, 29th April 2015—Despite being illegal, the use of nocturnal slow lorises as a tourist souvenir photo prop has grown in recent years, finds a study published today in the latest issue of the TRAFFIC Bulletin , the world’s only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to studies of global wildlife trade.
Asian songbird crisis summit: Setting priorities to address the threat of songbird trade in the Greater Sunda region
26 th -29 th September 2015, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore
Songbird-keeping as a pastime is firmly entrenched in local culture and tradition in many regions of Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia has one of the highest global demands and volume of domestic and international bird trade – involving hundreds of species and thousands of individual birds. The capture for the songbird trade is recognized as the single largest threat for many species in Southeast Asia, particularly the Greater Sunda region that comprises Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia. At the present time, there is a lack of regulation, monitoring and enforcement efforts of bird markets, trade routes and collection sites by the relevant authorities. There needs to be an increase in awareness of the species conservation needs’ amongst the public, government and conservation groups.
In response to this crisis, Wildlife Reserves Singapore , TRAFFIC , and Cikananga Wildlife Center , along with other international institutions, have joined forces to host Asia’s first Songbird Crisis Summit.
Australia, February 2015—The World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA) has passed a resolution condemning illegal wildlife trade and committing their 300+ members to ensure legal, sustainable and ethical sourcing of animals in their care.