Animals seized from Wong go to Malacca Zoo

Posted on October 8, 2010. Filed under: Bio-diversity |

-The Sun- Animals seized from convicted wildlife smuggler Anson Wong will be placed in the Malacca Zoo.

State Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia Department (Perhilitan) director Jamalun Nasir Ibrahim said the animals, including two Bengal tigers and a crocodile, will be transferred to the zoo, which is under the purview of the department.

“The animals will be either kept there or released into the wild,” he said.

Jamalun said wild and endangered animals, such as the tiger and crocodile, will be kept as part of the zoo’s collection, while the rest will be set free.

“But before letting the animals go, we have to train them to adapt to the surroundings as they had been kept in captivity for a while,” he told theSun today.

Jamalun said the department will seize the animals this week, as it is awaiting instructions from the Kuala Lumpur headquarters, which is handling the case.

The animals kept by Wong and his wife are being seized as the permits and business licences issued to keep these animals were revoked recently, according to the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

On Aug 28, Wong, also known as the Lizard King, was arrested at the KL International Airport (KLIA) for trying to smuggle 95 boa constrictors, two rhinoceros vipers and a mata-mata turtle without a valid permit from Penang to Jakarta.

He was sentenced by the Sepang Sessions Court to six months’ imprisonment and fined a total of RM190,000 for the offence.

It is learnt that the animals are kept in a private location in Teluk Bahang.

The tigers were previously kept at the Bukit Jambul Hibiscus, Orchid and Reptile Farm before being moved to Teluk Bahang.

Meanwhile, state environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh called on Perhilitan to issue a report on the matter as soon as possible.

“We (the state government) want to know what is status of the animals kept by Wong and the next course of action by the department,” he said when contacted.

Phee said the wildlife need to be given proper care and it is the due diligence of the department to take care of the animals.

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