The launch of the Hollywood animated film Zootopia has led to a boom in illegal sales of desert foxes, according to the China Metropolis Daily.
Nick Wilde, fox in the film, has attracted many fans, including a Beijing man who tried to buy a desert fox for his daughter.
"After watching the film Zootopia, my daughter went crazy for the desert foxes and asked me to buy one as a pet , " the father said. "
However, I have discovered that you can only buy secretly because they are a protected species.
The desert fox is not a species native to China. It was included in the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Animals in 2015, and it is prohibited to buy or sell this animal without authorization, according to the report.
One of the officers of the Division of Conservation Wildlife Forestry administration of Sichuan, said the desert foxes are a protected species of class II in China, and trade has to go through a series of legal procedures. in addition, the red fox, a protected animal China, also appears in the lists of terrestrial wildlife under state protection, which means they have economic or scientific value, according to the report.