Chelonoidis denticulata (Brazilian Giant Tortoise)

Criteria met:  High volume (globally threatened)

Principal trade term to the EU:  live

Percentage of global trade to the EU:  26%

Principal source:  wild

Top EU importer:  Germany, Netherlands

Top Trading Partner:  Suriname

CITES Appendix:  II

IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

EU-reported imports of live Chelonoidis denticulata from the three main sources (‘W’, ‘C’ and ‘F’), all purposes, 2001-2010.

All EU imports in 2010 were live animals, the vast majority of which were traded for commercial purposes. Imports were principally wild-sourced (145 animals), with 40 captive-born animals also imported.

A long-standing import suspension under Article 4.6c for live, wild-sourced specimens from all countries was removed on 10/05/2006; live, wild-sourced imports resumed in 2006 and increased markedly in 2007, but since then imports have decreased every year.

The wild-sourced animals imported in 2010 originated in Suriname (73 animals) and Guyana (72); all the captive-born animals originated in the United States. The SRG formed a positive opinion for specimens from Guyana and Suriname on 23/02/2012.