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 Location:||, United States of America|
|Camera:||Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
|Copyright:||© Alex Basaraba|