Wildlife Market Surveys in Jakarta

Wildlife Market in Jakarta

Trade of wildlife is quite extensive in Asia. Last month a Turtle Conservancy Team met Chris Shepherd of TRAFFIC Southeast Asia to conduct surveys of the wildlife markets in Jakarta, Indonesia. Our primary goal – to document Ploughshare Tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) being sold – was unfortunately successfully met.

The wildlife markets in Jakarta are not for the faint of heart, and we documented many species of turtles and tortoises along with countless species of birds and mammals. The birds are known as the “Cut Flowers” of the wildlife trade. Many of these animals sold as “pets” will not survive a month in captivity. It was a sobering experience.

The chelonian species documented during this four day survey include:

Aldabra Giant Tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea) Central American Mud Turtle (Kinosternon angustipons)
Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) Mexican Mud Turtle (Kinosternon integrum)
Ploughshare Tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) Burmese Flap-shell Turtle (Lissemys scutata)
Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)
African Spurred Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata) Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)
Parker’s Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina parkeri) Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri)
Siebenrock’s Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina siebenrocki) Mekong Snail-eating Turtle (Malayemys subtrijuga)
Red Foot Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria) Asian Brown Tortoise (Manouria emys emys)
Mata Mata Turtle (Chelus fimbriatus) Yellow Pond Turtle (Mauremys mutica)
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Reeve’s Turtle (Mauremys reevesii)
Southern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta dorsalis) Tricarinate Hill Turtle (Melanochelys tricarinata)
Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata) Chinese Stripe-necked Turtle (Ocadia sinensis)
Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta) Malayan Giant Turtle (Orlitia borneensis)
North American Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) Chinese Soft-shelled Turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis)
Southeast Asian Box Turtle (Cuora amboinensis) African Mud Turtle (Pelusios subniger)
Asian Leaf Turtle (Cyclemys dentata) Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis)
New Guinea Snapping Turtle (Elseya novaeguineae) Peninsula Cooter (Pseudemys peninsularis)
Australian Red-bellied Short-necked Turtle (Emydura subglobosa) Central American Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcharrima manni)
Indian Star Tortoise (Geochelone elegans) Black Marsh Turtle (Siebenrockiella crassicollis)
Indian Spotted Turtle (Geoclemys hamiltonii) Mexican Musk Turtle (Staurotypus triporcatus)
Common Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica) North American Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus)
Yellow-headed Temple Turtle (Heosemys annandalii) Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)
Spiny Turtle (Heosemys spinosa) Red-eared Slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Forest Hinge-back Tortoise (Kinixys erosa) Yellow-bellied Slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta scripta)
Home’s Hinge-back Tortoise (Kinixys homeana)


6 Responses to “Wildlife Market Surveys in Jakarta”
  1. Gary Paudler says:

    That’s just heart-wrenching, must leave you with nightmares. Don’t your findings include many species not native to indonesia? That suggests that they are receiving animals from all over the world to sell in Jakarta.

  2. Max says:

    These animals are coming from every corner of our Earth. If you are interested, you should read this 2007 report from TRAFFIC on the situation:


  3. Xu Weiting says:

    Hi Max! I am a civet researcher and I came across your photo of a young common palm civet being sold for kopi luwak trade. Could I use this photo to highlight the plight of the common palm civet in Southeast Asia? I will be putting it up on the civet blog (http://blog.nus.edu.sg/singaporecivet/) to highlight the threats that these civets face.

    Thank you very much.

  4. Max says:

    Hi Xu,

    Yes, you are welcome to use the Turtle Conservancy photo on your blog. Best of luck to you and your civet research. They are in the same boat as the turtles and tortoises…

  5. Ilsa McBryde says:

    It is so heartbreaking and incredibly frustrating. Is there anything that can actually be done? I supposed purchasing highly endangered species to help with breeding programs or simply to return them to the wild only further increases demand for them?

    I currently live in Jakarta and know to avoid these markets as it is horrific and none can be saved.

  6. sa says:

    Where is this place? Barito or where… I would like to know the address..

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