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15 baboons, 2 hyenas seized from Abu Dhabi house

Tip off leads to discovery of endangered species in UAE capital.

15 baboons, 2 hyenas seized from Abu Dhabi house
SEIZED ANIMALS: One of the striped hyenas seized from a house in Abu Dhabi. (Photo: WAM)

Fifteen baboons and two striped hyenas, all endangered species, have been confiscated in Abu Dhabi for being sold illegally and without proper documentation.

The animals were seized after the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi was tipped off about a group of animals being kept in a small cage inside a house behind Khalidiya Park.

A team from EAD and the Ministry of Environment and Water investigated and the owner is now facing court action, news agency WAM reported.

All the confiscated animals are listed as endangered species and it is prohibited to sell them or display them in public, without the necessary registration, according to laws published in 2002.

Abu Dhabi Police seized the animals which were transferred to Abu Dhabi Wildlife Centre where they will undergo medical checks.

EAD spokesman said: "UAE is intensifying its fight against the illegal trade in endangered species and is implementing strict legal procedures to control this trade and penalise violators."

bambam 9 years ago

These people should be locked up for at least 10 years for keeping endangered animals. What is wrong with them? Is it not enough that people in the UAE keep cheetahs, lions, monkeys, gorillas and other animals in absolute non-appropriate conditions, that you can buy wild animals at the Sharjah animal market etc. Can the UAE authorities please put a stop to this madness, they belong in the wild, not in a house!

Anne-Mari Gavin 7 years ago

Show off your own skills and please leave the African and other animals where they belong. The desert is for sure NOT the place for these creatures. Your climate is too hot and they will eventually die!! Will that satisfy your greed for more money?? Why must inocent animals die for your greed?