The illegal trading of endangered animals and the products made from these animals and plants is a growing problem, threatening many species with extinction. The U.S. State Department estimates the illegal animal trade to be around $10 billion a year, with the animals being used as pets, food and for unique animal parts such as ivory.
The Siletz Public Library has a new display, “Wildlife for Sale,” created by Renee Fowler, Wildlife Education Specialist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This fascinating collection features items which come from endangered or threatened species, some of which have been confiscated by police or customs.
The purpose of the display is to educate people about the illegal trade of these items and to provide information to those traveling overseas and buying souvenirs. This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about these issues as a lead-up to Endangered Species Day on May 17th.
The exhibit will be on display through mid May. The library is open Wednesday-Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Thursdays when we close at 8:00 pm.