11 Pets That You Shouldn't Buy (PHOTOS)

08/30/2010 08:02 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

This year, over 62 percent of American households care for pets in 71.4 million homes. Pet ownership rates have risen nationwide from 56 percent since 1988.

With 50 percent of the world's primates and turtles facing extinction and a booming illegal pet trade, endangered species are threatened daily due to the popularity of the exotic pet market. Check out our slideshow of 11 threatened pets that one should never purchase.

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Visit the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources' Red List and the International Fund for Animal Welfare to learn more about the endangered animals of the world.