Illegal Wildlife Trade

Illegal wildlife trade is a common form of overexploitation in Tropical Rainforests and in the Chiquibul Forest. Animals are usually poached for their skin, fur, and other valuable parts or for the pet trade. These goods are sold in the lucrative illegal wildlife trade market as a source of income and poverty perpetuates the cycle. In the Chiquibul, the most commonly poached animals for the illegal wildlife trade market are Jaguars for their skin and teeth and Scarlet Macaw chicks and eggs. The Xateros take them to Guatemala to sell them in the Guatemalan illegal wildlife trade market. According to the IUCN Red List , Scarlet Macaws are of least concern and Jaguars are near threatened. Both Scarlet Macaws and Jaguars are included in Appendix I of CITES which prohibits all commercial trade.

Video describes the process of poaching Scarlet Macaws and taking eggs into Guatemala to sell them.

Fig. 6 Sources of stress and how they are affecting the viability of Scarlet Macaw populations. Recreated from “Chiquibul Forest BRIM Framework” by FCD.

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 5.18.25 PMFCD Tracks Newsletter September 2013


Required Reading: (Same as Bushmeat Reading)
15A biodiversity research, inventory and monitoring (BRIM) framework for the Chiquibul Forest– Illegal Hunting p. 29-30, Game Species Communities p. 42-44
16Conceptual Ecological Model of the Chiquibul/Maya Mountain– Hunting p. 323