Saturday, 25 January 2014

Exotic Animal Trader Arrested After Smuggling Komodo Dragons, Baby Apes

By Megan Gannon, News Editor | January 24, 2014 10:42am ET

A baby siamang and Java gibbon recovered 
by wildlife authorities in Indonesia.
Credit: Wildlife  Conservation Society
Some people smuggle drugs. Others, dragons.

Indonesian authorities cuffed a wildlife trader who allegedly trafficked komodo dragons, endangered baby primates and other live animals, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced. 

The trader, whose name was not released, was apparently linked to smuggling rings in Russia, Singapore, Thailand and Cyprus. He allegedly sent two Komodo dragons to Thailand last month and authorities say he had previously shipped threatened turtles  and hornbill beaks to Singapore. When making the arrest in Bali, officials recovered four endangered Javan gibbons, four baby siamangs and two palm cockatoos. 

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