Struthio camelus (Ostrich)

Criteria met:  Sharp increase

Principal trade term to the EU:  live eggs

Principal source:  wild

Top EU importer:  Germany

Top Trading Partner:  Morocco

CITES Appendix:  I

IUCN Status:  Least Concern

In 2011, EU imports consisted predominantly of wild-sourced, live eggs for breeding purposes (24 eggs), originating in Morocco. In addition, the import of one pre-Convention carving and one captive-bred small leather product was also reported. Imports of live eggs remained constant between 2010 and 2011; no other trade in live eggs was reported over the ten-year period. The species is considered to be extinct in the wild in Morocco, although re-introduction attempts have been reported.