National Geographic : 2010 Jan
' FRONT LINES OF ENFORCEMENT Tipped off by an informant, Thai police discover a slow loris at the Chatuchak market in Bangkok (top left). Three dealers were arrested during the raid. In a discouraging outcome for conservationists, two were let go, and the third paid a light fine of about $600. Forestry police in Medan, Indonesia, store an array of contraband at their headquarters (above). None of these mounted animals---including a tiger, a clouded leopard, and hawksbill sea turtles---can be sold legally, alive or dead. Saws and spare chains came from illegal logging. An x-ray of a truck at a highway checkpoint in Thailand reveals a hundred live pangolins (left, in red box) smuggled behind piles of paper. Also known as scaly anteaters, the creatures were likely on their way to China to be sold as food or for traditional medicine.