What is C.I.T.E.S.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (widely known as "C.I.T.E.S.") is an international code which came into force on 1st July 1975.

At the time of writing 150 countries around the world are signatories of the convention.

The purpose of C.I.T.E.S. is to help arrest the decline in the numbers of animal and plant species, by regulating or prohibiting trade in those considered to be most at risk. The list of endangered species is regularly updated and is divided in three main groups, or appendices. Those believed to be under immediate threat of extinction appear in Appendix I or "CITES I", while CITES II & III list those at lesser risk. Trade in those species considered most in danger of extinction is banned in the member countries, whilst trade in those which might become endangered is regulated and monitored.
Turacos and C.I.T.E.S.
More information
The current status of the various turaco species in the C.I.T.E.S. list can be found in the information contained in our pages about Individual Turaco Species.

Further information about C.I.T.E.S. may be viewed on the following website:


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