What to look out for

Mong La, Shan State, Special Region 4, Burma. The skins of endangered Tiger, Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) and Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) amongst other species are openly displayed and for sale. This trader had large stocks of wildlife products in the store room behind the premises. They are supplied by a network of local hunters, traders and middlemen. TRAFFIC Asia 2006
© © Adam Oswell / WWF

Look out for these telling signs indicating illegal wildlife trading

Wildlife products that are illegal to sell or advertise for sale in Singapore:

  • Any tiger parts, e.g. tiger bones, tiger bone wine and tiger penis, usually in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) shops; tiger claws and teeth (often made into jewellery); tiger skins.
  • Ivory products from elephants killed before 1989, usually in souvenir and trinkets shops
  • Any rhinoceros horn products, usually in TCM shops.
  • Any bear parts, e.g. bear bile pills and powder and bear gall bladders, usually in Traditional Chinese Medicine shops.
  • Any pangolin parts, e.g. meat, scales.

Wild animals are illegal to be sold, advertised for sale or kept as pets in Singapore:

  • All reptiles (e.g. All snakes, all lizards such as green iguanas and geckos, star tortoises, pig-nosed turtles, Chinese soft shelled turtles etc) except for the red-eared slider terrapin and the Malayan box turtle
  • All primates (e.g. macaques, lorises, gibbons, capuchins).
  • Wild cats (e.g. leopard cats, Bengal cats).
  • All other small mammals (e.g. squirrels, sugar gliders, hedgehogs).
(list adapted from ACRES)
Pangolins in cage
© © WWF / Folke Wulf
Elephant tusks stored away under extreme security measures in the ivory stock pile of the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
© © WWF / Folke Wulf

Fighting wildlife crime together

Your keen eye and courage in spotting and reporting illegal wildlife crime has helped us greatly.

• May 2012 – Thanks to a tip-off from a member of public, AVA and ACRES confiscated ‘tiger teeth’ from a makeshift stall at Waterloo Street, Singapore. The seller is under investigation.

• 2009 - An Italian national alerted WWF to a protected species of tree sloth on offer for sale in an Italian pet shop. With the assistance of TRAFFIC staff in Italy, this information was passed to law enforcement and the sloth was removed from sale.