Indonesian Police Confiscate Illegally Held Wildlife and Wildlife Parts

June 5, 2014

A stuffed Sumatran tiger skin was among the items recovered in a recent raid by Indonesian police in Aceh. Working in tandem with groups like WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit, the police went into the homes of two suspected wildlife traffickers.

Working in tandem with a handful of organizations, including WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU), Indonesian police in Aceh recently raided the homes of two suspected wildlife traffickers and confiscated a number of illegally held live animals and wildlife parts.

The raid was prompted by an investigation of two suspects, one of whom—named Lbt—allegedly served as a middleman, purchasing animals from hunters and selling to collectors and other suppliers. Lbt is purportedly well known in the region for dealing in orangutans and other threatened primates.

Police officers, forest rangers, and WCU agents, as well as veterinarians from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, confiscated a number of protected species in the operation, including two saltwater (or estuarine) crocodiles, a siamang gibbon, giant squirrel, porcupine, four slow loris, two eagles, and a lesser adjutant stork from the residence of Lbt.

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