What to look out for
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).
Fighting wildlife crime together
• 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.