Spain investigates private taxidermy collection with over 1,000 animals: NPR


An elephant in the collection.

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Spain investigates private taxidermy collection with over 1,000 animals: NPR

An elephant in the collection.

Spanish Civil Guard

Spain’s Civil Guard said it was investigating a person who had a private collection of taxidermy with more than 1,000 animals, some of which are protected or extinct species.

Species of cheetah, leopard, polar bear, rhinoceros, as well as nearly 200 ivory elephant tusks, were part of the vast collection, valued at 29 million euros, or more than 31 million dollars .

Authorities have identified 1,090 stuffed animals in two warehouses that cover more than 50,000 square meters in Bétera, a town north of Valencia, Spain. Among the animals, 405 are considered protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Spain investigates private taxidermy collection with over 1,000 animals: NPR

Ivory elephant tusks from the collection.

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Spain investigates private taxidermy collection with over 1,000 animals: NPR

Ivory elephant tusks from the collection.

Spanish Civil Guard

Among the collection was at least one Scimitar oryx, which was declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2000. The nearly extinct Bengal tiger and addax, which is a white antelope, also make part of the collection.

Then, the Civil Guard said officers would investigate to see if there were any documents that substantiated possession of the stuffed animals.


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