What Is Cactus Poaching

Numerous uncommon cacti develop in tiny clusters over extended periods of time. Poachers who take them away might be doing so before they have a chance to procreate, according to conservation specialist Barbara Goettsch.

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These popular succulents, known for their wreath of chartreuse blooms, were stolen from Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 2000 for $1 million, which led ranger Alice Newton to launch a barrel cactus microchipping program.

The hedgehog genus contains about 60 species, including the fuchsia-flowered Engelmann hedgehog and the endangered Arizona hedgehog cactus of Eastern Arizona, which are both wickedly prickly and have blooms in colours of scarlet, bubble gum, or magenta.

The Johnson pineapple cactus, which grows in Northwestern Arizona and is prized by collectors for its enormous pink flowers, is relatively uncommon but not endangered like the Pima pineapple cactus, which is in Southern Arizona and has yellow flowers.

This Mojave Desert resident, which belongs to the family of barrel cactuses, produces woolly white fruits with strong pink spines that give the plant its name and make it a rare catch for intrepid poachers.

Authorities discovered traffickers attempting to import 3,500 of these strange star-shaped objects, often known as live rock cactuses, in 2015. They only grow in a tiny area of northern Mexico and the Big Bend region of Texas, while not being endangered.

As the name implies, only in Havasupai Canyon does this rare fishhook-spined cactus flourish. The breed, which is sought after for its uniqueness and fragrant blossoms, was discovered on an unauthorized 2019 eBay auction hosted by a Ukrainian seller.

Members of the New Mexico Cactus and Succulent Society unlawfully “salvaged thousands of this critically endangered species” because of fear that the Navajo Reservoir will flood the pediocactuses’ habitat. Nobody is aware of what transpired