(ANIMAL NEWS)— A private zoo in Bangkok was recently raided and more than 200 wild animals were confiscated. The owners of the zoo have been importing wildlife for almost ten years and were intending to sell and smuggle the animals. Thailand has long been the heart of illegal animal trade, but hopefully this raid is a step in the right direction to end the imprisonment of wild animals. Read on to find out why this takedown took place.— Global Animal
Associated Press via The Boston Globe
BANGKOK – More than 200 animals, including kangaroos, flamingos, red pandas, and white lions, were seized from a private zoo Thursday in a wildlife bust.
Most of the animals were nonnative species intended to be sold domestically or smuggled elsewhere. Thailand is a hub of the international black market for protected animals.
More than 50 species of animals had been kept without a license in the compound, police Major General Norasak Hemnithi said.
Five tigers, 13 white lions, three pumas, three kangaroos, four flamingos, two crowned cranes, 66 marmosets, two orangutans, and two red pandas were among the seizures, according to the Freeland Foundation, a conservation organization that helps train Thai wildlife officials.
Freeland’s statement said three male suspects were detained because they lacked permits to keep the animals, which are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.