School of Biological Sciences

Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building

The University of Hong Kong

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TRADED SPECIES

- Case Studies -

Shark fin. Image from Hong Kong Customs press release 2016

Pangolin scales. Image from Hong Kong Customs press release 2016

 

European Eels. Image from Hong Kong Customs press release 2016

Corals. Image from Dr D. Baker

- Other Species at Risk -

Rhino horn

In the illegal wildlife trade, the most valuable appendage is the horn of the rhinoceros. The price of rhino horn can be over $60,000 USD per kilo, making it more valuable than cocaine and diamonds on the black market. Rhino horn is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine trade (TCM), and is desired across Asia, predominantly in Vietnam, viewed as an indicator of wealth and status. Click on the image to find out more about the trade. Image by C. Webster

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