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Thai customs seize 451 turtles in suitcases

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai customs has found 451 turtles worth 1 million baht ($33,000) stashed in suitcases offloaded from a passenger flight from Bangladesh, the latest seizure of live creatures at Bangkok’s bustling Suvarnabhumi airport. Turtles of varying sizes worth around 2,000 baht apiece in Thai markets, and seven false…

Thai police arrest alleged top tiger trafficker

BANGKOK (AFP) – Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in what could be the country’s largest tiger trafficking ring, a wildlife protection group said on Sunday. Sudjai Chanthawong, a Thai national, was detained on Saturday in the northeastern town of Udon Thani by undercover officers of the nature crime…

Wildlife group pushes to save Indonesian forest after rare tiger cubs caught on film

Watch video of tiger cubs playing in the forest here JAKARTA (AFP) – Conservation group WWF on Monday urged timber firms to drop plans to clear Indonesian forest areas where infra-red cameras have captured footage of rare Sumatran tigers and their cubs. The video, recorded in March and April, shows…

Putin warns tigers ‘close to catastrophe’

The world’s last wild tigers are “close to catastrophe”, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned on Tuesday at an unprecedented summit aiming to save the animal from extinction. The global tiger summit in Saint Petersburg, the first ever meeting of world leaders devoted to saving the fabled beast, agreed a…

World leaders scramble for funds to save the tiger

SAINT PETERSBURG — World leaders sought Sunday to come up with the hundreds of millions of dollars they say are needed to save the tiger from extinction and double the big cat’s number by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022. Russian prime minister and self-proclaimed animal lover Vladimir…

Tigers could be extinct within 12 years: WWF

STOCKHOLM — Tigers could become extinct within 12 years but a top level meeting in Russia next month could help reverse the decline, nature conservation body WWF said on Thursday. “The worse scenario is that the tiger could be gone when the next year of the tiger comes along, in…

Chinese zoo worker: Animals killed to make ‘tiger-bone liquor’

BEIJING (AFP) – Authorities are investigating a Chinese zoo where three dozen animals including 13 rare Siberian tigers died recently, amid charges it was harvesting their parts, state media said Monday. The probe of the zoo in the northeastern city of Shenyang will look at whether the animal parts were…

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