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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
Some of the world's best-loved species are being ruthlessly slaughtered by wildlife criminals for illegal trade.
Just because it's for sale does not mean it is legal.
This suitcase is full of illegal wildlife parts and products seized here in America by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn how you can help save nature by asking basic questions and getting the facts. When in doubt, don't buy. You can help stop wildlife crime.
Tiger skin & medicine made from tiger parts
All international trade of tiger products, whether used in folk or traditional medicine, as souvenirs or for "good luck" charms, is illegal.
Snakes, crocodiles, lizards, caiman
While it's likely your belt, bag or shoes comes from captive-bred populations, not wild ones, check that your product has a CITES permit before you part with your cash. Certain leather products require permits.
Elephants (Endangered & Vulnerable)
The illegal trade in elephant ivory has led to a poaching crisis in Africa. Avoid raw or carved ivory from the teeth or tusks of elephants, whales, and narwhals.
Sea turtle products and turtle shell
Sea turtles (Critically Endangered, Endangered & Vulnerable)
Six of the seven species of sea turtles are endangered or critically endangered. All international trade in marine turtle products is banned, so avoid those hair clips, bracelets and souvenirs.
Without a permit, you may only import up to 125 grams (about 8 ounces) of sturgeon caviar per person per trip, but the caviar of some species like beluga is completely prohibited.