Peru's Wildlife for Sale
Peru is one of the most biodiverse nations in the world. But its precious wildlife is in danger of extinction through illicit trafficking. Linda Pressly investigates.
The global trade in wildlife is worth an estimated US$20 billion a year. Peru is one of the most biodiverse nations on the planet. But its government estimates 400 species of fauna and flora are in danger of extinction - illicit trafficking is one of the biggest threats. The illegal wildlife trade supplies live birds and animals - mackaws, parrots, monkeys, turtles - for both the local market and overseas collectors. So how is Peru attempting to protect its precious resources? Linda Pressly goes on operations with the wildlife police.
(Photo: These baby cayman were rescued from a bucket on the streets of Lima. BBC copyright)