10 of the most endangered animals traded in the Golden Triangle

Leopard products such as whole skins and skulls are on sale in the Golden Triangle. Softshell turtles can be found on sale in the Golden Triangle. The rhinoceros horn is consumed by some to reduce fever or cure hangovers. Frozen pangolins for sale at
Tigers kept in cages in a zoo near Kings Romans Casino in the Laos Special Economic Zone.ST PHOTO: LIM YAO HUI

Last November, investigators from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) compiled a list of the top 10 endangered animals traded in the Golden Triangle - the area bound by Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. This area, once the world's largest opium-producing region, is also notorious for the thriving illegal wildlife trade. The Sunday Times compiles research by various environmental groups on these commonly traded animal parts. 

Almost every part of the tiger, from its skin to its meat and body parts, have been found on sale as decoration , medicine or wine in the Golden Triangle.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 01, 2018, with the headline '10 of the most endangered animals traded in the Golden Triangle'. Print Edition | Subscribe