Abstract: The wildlife trade is one of the main threats to biodiversity. Understanding its spatial patterns and driving forces would be crucial to effectively invest conservation resources and formulate conservation strategies. Although the internet may provide convenience for wildlife trade, it also could be an important avenue for large-scale investigations. We chose Taobao as the platform for the survey, and collected the sales information of protected parrots (120 days) and turtles (150 days) in 2016-2017. The total transactions information of this dataset included 5,862 individuals of 46 parrot species sold from 100 prefectures and 66,926 individuals of 49 turtle species from 109 prefectures. The dataset not only supplies an ideal data source for exploring the driving factors of wildlife trade and consumers’ preferences on biological characteristics of wildlife, but also provides a reference for the ongoing improvement of wildlife management policy and the future assessment on the policy effect.
Keywords: E-commerce; parrot; turtle; wildlife trade; pet trade; biodiversity conservation