Black market for smuggled plants is growing – look

A few weeks later, smugglers are caught in South Africa with the endangered plant species. Their trading is prohibited.

“We receive a new report on plant poaching almost every day,” complains Pieter van Wyk, 33, a botanist who works closely with the South African Institute for Biodiversity (Sanbi). Almost a third of all succulent plants in the world can be found in South Africa. Many of them are under nature protection.