Illegal wildlife trade threatens survival of world's "charismatic" speciesListen /
The trade in illegal wildlife is threatening the survival of what have been called the world's most "charismatic" species.
Marking the UN's World Wildlife Day, CITES, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, said that the trade has increased over the last few years.
John Scanlon is the Secretary-General of the CITES
"We are at this particular point of time confronted by a real threat by the illegal wildlife trade. This illegal trade has spike over recent years and is threatening the very survival of some our most charismatic species as well as certain plants and animals that many people haven't heard of."
He added that the international day also allows people to celebrate the beauty and variety of the planet’s millions of plants and animals.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.