He purchased the four hides from a professional middleman who specializes in transporting and selling wildlife parts. My friend purchased the four leopard hides for 210,000cfa (roughly $500.00). The three smaller hides went for 50,000cfa each, while the larger single hide sold for 60,000cfa.
Later in the afternoon I returned to my friend and learned that he had sold the three smaller hides to another of my research participants who works at the Artisana. He sold the three hides to the Artisana vendor for a total of 200,000cfa. Talk about a quick return on your investment. The larger hide will remain in the Marra Bagga Market and be sold by piece, whereas the hides sold in the Artisana will most likely be sold whole to a tourist or other affluent individual.
This last picture is taken in the Marra Bagga Market. I was walking by one of my participant's stall and saw something out of place. For some reason I found this very funny, but the joke was lost in translation. I tried to ask in Bamana: How much does Big Bird sell for? What medicine is he used to make? I got some very strange looks as I was told that it was not for sale, the vendor had purchased it for his daughter. Some jokes are best left unsaid.