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Dozens of animals seized from private zoo

Five tigers were among the animals seized from the zoo in Thailand. More than 50 species were removed.
Five tigers were among the animals seized from the zoo in Thailand. More than 50 species were removed. Freeland Foundation

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.

The owners had imported animals from Africa and elsewhere for almost 10 years, he 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.

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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.