Customs finds shipment of endangered reptiles

NOT FISH: The Taipei Customs Office said that it found slider turtles, baby crocodiles, Assam roofed turtles and ploughshare tortoises worth a combined NT$5 million

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 21, 2019
By: Yao Chieh-hsiu and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, wi
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The Taipei Customs Office’s express cargo inspections team has seized a shipment of protected

A cargo inspection officer from the Taipei Customs Office holds a ploughshare tortoise in Taipei on Thursday.
Photo: Tony Yao, Taipei Times


The shipment included two critically endangered ploughshare tortoises, the office said, adding that the species is the most valuable tortoise in the world, with the pair valued at up to NT$2.4 million (US$77,295).

The shipment also included 21 Assam roofed turtles, which is classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the office said.

The office at 2:30pm on Thursday received an express cargo shipment from Malaysia labeled as tropical fish, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

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