Kinixys homeana (Home's Hinge-back Tortoise)

EU imports of K. homeana consisted of live individuals traded for commercial purposes (312 individuals) which again met the threshold for high volume trade in a globally threatened species.  The majority of individuals were ranched and imported directly from Togo (94%) and the remainder wild-sourced and imported directly from Ghana. Live imports increased by 26% in 2011 compared to 2010. Following the negative opinions for wild-sourced specimens and ranched specimens being confirmed for Ghana and Togo, respectively, on 02/12/2011, a suspension was put in place for wild-sourced specimens from Ghana, and ranched specimens with a straight carapace length greater than 8 cm from Togo, on 10/09/2012 and remains valid.

2010 Summary for Kinixys homeana (Home's Hinge-back Tortoise)

Criteria met:  High volume (globally threatened)

Principal trade term to the EU:  live

Principal source:  ranched

Top EU importer:  Italy

Top Trading Partner:  Togo

CITES Appendix:  II

IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

EU-reported imports of live Kinixys homeana from the two main sources (‘W’ and ‘R’), all purposes, 2001-2010.

EU imports in 2010 comprised 248 live, ranched animals exported directly from Togo for commercial purposes. Live, ranched imports increased by 56% between 2009 and 2010.

An import suspension has been in place for wild specimens from Togo since 21/05/2009, while a negative opinion for Ghana (the only country which traded wild specimens to the EU 2006-2008) was formed on 15/09/2008 and reconfirmed on 02/12/2011. A negative opinion for ranched specimens from Togo has been in place since 20/12/2005, but was amended on 15/09/2008 (and reconfirmed on 02/12/2011) to only apply to ranched specimens with a snout-vent length greater than 8 cm; a positive opinion was formed on 12/06/2006 (and confirmed 15/09/2008) for ranched specimens with a snout-vent length of up to 8 cm.