The Whale

Tourists and expatriates returning from Iceland, Norway and Japan regularly bring home a few hundred grams of whale meat to their homes in the United States.

- Price of Meat : 100€ per Kilo

- 100 grams of red whale flesh is sold 5.35€ in Japan

The blue and right whales (called right whales) are the 2 most endangered species. It is estimated that there are barely 500 specimens remaining in the North Atlantic.

Sea Turtle

- Sale price of a sea turtle : 250€ to 500€ - Meat price : 50€ Kg - Price of hawksbill tortoiseshell : 60€ Kg - Egg price : 2€ half a dozen

The most endangered turtles are hawksbill turtles, the population of which has declined by 80% over the past century.

Female leatherback turtles were estimated at 115,000 in 1982 and 34,500 in 1995.

The Shark

- Fin price : 60€ kg in Ecuador, 80€ in India, 400€ in Indonesia and 700€ on the retail market in China.

Knowing that the value can reach 1000€ per kilo !

- Soup price : 90€ to 270€

- Cartilage price : 10€ to 80€ per box of 90 capsules

According to FAO data, France exports 12,938 tonnes of shark meat (14th in the world) and imports 35,286 tonnes (7th in the world).


Price of a dried seahorse : 3.5€ and 25€ in Asia.

Every day, more than 200,000 seahorses are caught in the world ocean.

World international trade was then estimated at around 24 million specimens per year.

Today the cumulative balance of legal trade and smuggling would reach 50 to 100 million.

To date there are 44 identified species.

The Red Tuna

- Tuna price : 50€ Kg on the European market.

It is a "super-predator" which occupies a fundamental place in the food web of the ocean and thus contributes to the stability of ecosystems.

It can weigh up to 700 kg and dive to depths of 1000 meters.

It is estimated that 80% of the northern bluefin tuna resources disappeared from the 1950s to 2010.

The 2 species are in very great danger, in particular the "Thunnus thynnus" is in danger and the "Thunnus maccoyii" is in critical danger of extinction.

The Tiger

- Price of the Meat : 1230€ Kg

- Skin Price : 2,700€ to 18,000€ depending on the size.

- Price of Bones : 130€ to 330€ kg

- Price of a Teeth : 1250€

- Price of a claws : 350€

According to the Chinese administration, the value of a wild tiger seized is equal to 135,000€ that of a farmed tiger to 67,000€

They are 3100 individuals, all species combined. There were 100,000 a century ago.

The Rhinoceros

Price of the Horn : 50,000€ Kg

- Price of the Sumatran rhino horn: 100,000€ per Kg.

In France, the horn is worth between 1,500€ and 300,000€ if it is old.

Sumatran Rhino : 40 to 80 individuals remain in the wild.

- Java Rhino : 65 to 68 individuals remain in the wild.

In March 2018, death of "Sudan", the last male northern white rhino, on a reserve in Kenya. End of this subspecies !

Countries like China, Vietnam.

Japan love these horns.

The Girafe

Price of a head or a tibia : 125€ each.

- Giraffe skull : 2000€

- A specimen sells from 900€, plus the port.

About 3 to 5 giraffes are poached per month and the birth rate is very low !

The number of giraffes to decrease by 40% between 1985 and 2015.

The Donkey

The donkey is skinned so that its boiled skin is extracted from a gelatin sold in China under the name of "ejiao".

This is sold : 650€ per kilo and up to 12,000€ per kilo when it is produced during the winter solstice.

The skin sold in Africa from 15€ to 60€ in 2015 is traded up to 200€ in 2018.

Each year, more than 4 million donkey skins are transformed into gelatin.

Burkina Faso, which exported 1,000 donkey skins in the 1st quarter of 2015, exports 65,000 in the 1st half of 2016.

The elephant

10,000 whole skins have been sold at auction since 2007.

The United States was the major importer of it for boots, Harley Davidson saddle pads and gun covers. But more and more Chinese traders are participating in the auctions. Shark fin soup competes with diced elephant skin soup.

- Raw ivory in Africa : 150 to 1,700€ kg.

- Raw ivory in Asia : 1,100€ to 7,500€ kg.

Smuggling flows (ivory, hair, proboscis, ears, feet, tails and bones of elephants) everything sells !