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Influencers fuelling illegal wildlife trade with exotic pet photos

STAR EXCLUSIVE: PETALING JAYA: First, it was photos of food. Now, the Instagram fame game has grown to celebrities and social media influencers sharing pictures of their exotic pets, many of which are protected wildlife. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and conservationists say this growing trend is fuelling the demand in the illegal wildlife trade.

‘Nothing glamorous about keeping wildlife pets’

PETALING JAYA: There’s no “wow factor” in keeping wildlife as pets as the practice can be dangerous, say wildlife conservation groups.

Pet shops busted for selling endangered wildlife in raids in Miri

MIRI: Some 54 endangered wildlife of various species have been rescued from pet shops here following a major raid by Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) enforcement units.

SAM opposes keeping wildlife as pets

From MEENAKSHI RAMAN, President, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM).

Wildlife traffickers use Facebook, Instagram to find black-market buyers

Ali Ahamed’s black satchel was overflowing with turtles, their tiny heads poking out. Just a few feet away, on the hotel room floor, roughly 20 larger turtles with dark brown shells were removed from black suitcases and flipped onto their backs to keep them from crawling under the couch.

Big cats of Instagram: Pakistani elite’s love of exotic wildlife

Bilal Mansoor Khawaja beams as he runs his palms over the ivory coat of a white lion, one of thousands of exotic animals at his personal “zoo” in Karachi, where a thriving wildlife trade caters to Pakistan’s gilded elite.

Northern Thailand: Crossing borders for food and culture

FOR those who have not been to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, now is the time to go. Approximately three hours by flight from KL, it is an adventure haven awaiting holidaymakers. From visiting the famous Hmong village to a splashing fun time at the Huay Tung waterfall, tourists can also catch a glimpse of residents within the community, who are a part of the Khamu hill tribe.

Why poachers love to target sun bears

PETALING JAYA: Sun bears are being poached for the pet trade and for their parts, according to sun bear conservationist Dr Wong Siew Te.

Oops! Screaming neighbour is actually a sun bear

PETALING JAYA: The residents of Sentrio Suites Condominium in Kuala Lumpur were shocked when they found a baby sun bear living amidst them in one of the units there.