Be informed, buy informed.


Did you know wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry, which now ranks as the fourth-largest transnational crime? Illegal wildlife trade is threatening the survival of many species in the wild.

On Monday, November 5 at 11 p.m. NBC Bay Area is airing an investigative report about exotic animal smuggling. You may have seen a few of our #HappyHollow animal ambassadors on the promo as examples of exotic animals that do NOT make good household pets.

Bayou the alligator was found in the CA Delta by Fish & Wildlife when he was only 12" long. We believe he was released by someone who tried raising him as a pet.

What can you do to support wildlife?

Be informed. Buy informed.

When traveling abroad, you may be tempted by wildlife and plant products for sale, including jewelry, clothing, pets, souvenirs, and more.

Remember, just because something is for sale, does NOT mean it is legal to take home. Some of these items may be made from protected animals or plants, and may be illegal to import or export, or may even require a special permit to take home to the United States.

By making informed choices, you can avoid having your souvenir confiscated, paying a fine, and better yet - you can support wildlife conservation around the world!

Learn more about how #AZA accredited zoos across the globe are working together to stop wildlife trafficking by visiting


 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Happy Hollow FoundationSpecies Survival Plan