CAIRO: A number of rare animals and birds have been seized in Cairo before sale in a campaign on the illegal trade that increase pressure on some species on the verge of extinction, according to a Friday statement by the Environment Ministry.
A total of 27 desert tortoises, a white stork, 87 green turtles, an Amazon parrot, a gray Zanzibari parrot, two European parrots, six owlets, five barn owls, 22 fruit bats, 14 chamaeleons, a hedgehog, a falcon, two rare monkeys and other endangered animals were seized in the campaign Friday.
Cairo is an “important link” in the work of the illegal trade, Mohamed Bahloul, environmental inspection advisor to environment minister, said in the statement.
The animals were seized at Sayeda Aeisha market in Cairo, a major area for selling birds and animals. They will be handed to the Giza Zoo, and those with whom the animals were found will be prosecuted, according to the statement.