16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
E8776, Sloth

This illegally trafficked mounted sloth confiscated by US federal wildlife officials explores the complex perception of wildlife as property. The web of illegal wildlife trafficking is complex and often obscured by convoluted laws across international borders. Yet, not all wildlife trade is illegal, and many plant and animal species are legally utilized for medicines, food, furniture, and beyond. But, overexploitation has led to the drastic decline of some of the world’s most vulnerable species. In many cases, extinction. This sloth is among one of the more odd specimens in a collection of illegally trafficked wildlife goods confiscated by US federal wildlife officials.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: , United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Alex Basaraba