Stop poaching and illegal wildlife trade: you can play your part


  • Don't buy holiday souvenirs made from endangered animals or plants. Buying such products only encourages the locals to continue hunting wild animals under threat or destroy endangered plants. 
  • Species protected under the Washington Convention (CITES) may not be brought back home, or only with a valid CITES permit.
  • These include corals, giant clams, fighting conchs, crocodile skin and snakeskin products, wild animal hides, ivory and tortoiseshell products, traditional Asian medicine, orchids and cacti, as well as live animals such as parrots and chameleons.
  • You can read more about the trade restrictions on individual species on the  German customs authority website or

Trade in wild fauna and flora

International trade in endangered animal and plant species is governed by the


Washington Convention (also known as CITES) adopted in 1973. The species protected under CITES are listed in three categories, called Appendices, depending on the extent of the threat and the trade restrictions that apply:

CITES - Appendix I: Commercial trade prohibited
CITES - Appendix II: Strict trade restrictions apply
CITES – Appendix III: Regional trade restrictions or prohibition apply


A valid CITES permit is required for the export or import of any species protected under the Washington Convention.


  • If you are interested in ending poaching and illegal wildlife trade, one way to help is by informing your friends and acquaintances about the problem.
  • You can also campaign for stricter species protection policies, better implementation of laws and greater enforcement.


  • Support conservation projects. Your support is vital in helping conservation projects that campaign to end poaching by employing well-equipped rangers to monitor nature reserves. These projects work closely with the local population and attempt to develop alternative sources of income for the local people.
  • For more information on our conservation projects click here 

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