MADRID — Spain’s Civil Guard says it’s investigating a businessman within the japanese Valencia area who owned a non-public taxidermy assortment with greater than 1,000 stuffed animals, together with simply over 400 from protected species and at the very least one specimen of a North African oryx, already extinct.
The gathering would fetch 29 million euros ($31.5 million) on the black market, the Civil Guard stated Sunday in a press release, including that its proprietor could possibly be charged with trafficking and different crimes towards the atmosphere.
It stated the discovering was the most important of protected stuffed specimens in Spain.
Investigating brokers discovered the stuffed animals in two warehouses extending over 50,000 sq. meters on the outskirts of Bétera, a small city north of the japanese coastal metropolis of Valencia.
Of the 1,090 stuffed animals discovered, 405 belonged to specimens protected by the CITES conference on wildlife safety.
They included the scimitar oryx, also referred to as the Sahara oryx, which the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, declared extinct within the wild in 2000, and at the very least two extra species practically extinct: the addax, or white antelope, initially from the Sahara desert and the Bengal tiger.
The brokers additionally recorded stuffed specimens of cheetah, leopard, lion, lynx, polar bear, snow panther and white rhinoceros, amongst others, in addition to 198 giant ivory tusks from elephants.
The Civil Guard stated it could examine whether or not any paperwork exist justifying the possession of the gathering.