Another civet was found dead in snares
While on patrol, the Siamese Crocodile Station (Chhay Areng) rangers found a dead civet trapped in a snare. On the same day, the rangers collected 23 other snares from the forest. Snares are particularly detrimental to wildlife populations due to the sheer number of them littering the forest floor because they are inexpensive to make and easy to set yet yield high rewards for poachers. After the trap is set the poachers can leave and the snares can trap any animal that crosses it, including critically endangered species. These animals will spend hours struggling to break free, often chewing away at their trapped foot, before they die of exhaustion. Many of the snares Wildlife Alliance rangers collect are made specifically to trap civets to sell to “civet farms” to make coffee.
What is Civet Coffee?
Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee, has become an international sensation. This exotic coffee sells for $30-$100 per cup and $100-$600 per pound. Retailers of this coffee market it as a rare product sourced from wild civets’ feces. They claim that suppliers need to forage for partially digested coffee beans in the wild, which only allows 1000 lbs of kopi luwak to be produced each year- justifying the high price tag. This may have been how the coffee was originally sourced, but due to the increasing international demand, this story is now far from the truth. In order to satisfy the global demand, “civet poop coffee” is rarely sourced from the wild; it has become an industrialized product. Wild civets are instead held captive and force-fed coffee cherries to produce an estimated 500 tons of this “farmed” product annually.
What You Need to Know about Civet Coffee
Please read the article: What You Need to Know about Civet Coffee
Wildlife Alliance has rescued over 200 civets from the illegal wildlife trade. However, the international demand remains high and we are seeing civets disappear from the wild at increasing rates. With your help, we can save these animals before it’s too late.
Please read more about our work: Civet Coffee
Our forest rangers work tirelessly to protect some of the world’s most endangered animals in one of Southeast Asia’s last great rainforests.
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