The following is a (non-exhaustive) list of items to avoid where international trade is prohibited:
- Chinese medicine: it may be that some contain tiger, rhino or leopard parts.
- Sea turtle shells: in the tropics shells are made into jewellery, combs and glasses frames.
- Products made from big cats: anything containing parts of jaguar, leopard or tiger is banned
- Shahtoosh: a type of shawl made from the hair of the Tibetan antelope (Chiru), killed for its fur.
- Bushmeat: this is the meat of any wild animal hunted outside the EU. It can pose a health risk to humans and livestock.
The following is a list of things for which you need a permit in order to bring back:
- Queen conch shells
- Most species of orchids and cacti
- Most reptile-skin products
- Caviar, in amounts of 125g
For the above items, not only will you need an import permit from Animal Health but also an export permit from the country in which you bought the item.
For any enquiries regarding the buying of possible endangered species souvenirs abroad, contact Animal Health's Wildlife Licensing Registration Service by telephone (+44 117 372 8691/8774), by fax (+44 117 372 8206) or by email (email@example.com).