Large cache of smuggled exotic animals seized in Philippines
MANILA (AFP) - Wildlife officers said on Wednesday they had seized almost 100 exotic animals and birds, including cockatoos, echidnas and wallabies, that had been smuggled into the Philippines for sale to wealthy collectors.
The cache, hidden in small containers in a van, was made up of wildlife from Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, said Mr Eric Gallego, spokesman for the local office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
They included yellow-crested cockatoos and long-beaked echidnas, two species listed as "critically endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
They also included four wallabies from Australia and about 90 exotic parrots from Indonesia, said Mr Gallego.