An extinct north African oryx is amongst a group of greater than 1,000 stuffed animals being investigated by police in Spain.
Of the 1,090 specimens discovered, 405 are from protected species, the Civil Guard stated, whereas two are virtually extinct – the addax, or white antelope, and the Bengal tiger.
There are additionally examples of cheetah, leopard, lion, lynx, polar bear, snow panther and white rhinoceros, and 198 massive ivory tusks from elephants.
The scimitar oryx – also called the Sahara oryx – which was declared extinct within the wild by the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature in 2000, was additionally among the many species found.
The gathering is value about £24m on the black market and its proprietor, a businessman, might be charged with trafficking and crimes in opposition to the setting, officers stated.
The animals have been present in two warehouses protecting greater than 50,000 sq. metres on the outskirts of Bétera, a small city north of the jap coastal metropolis of Valencia.
The invention was made following an investigation by Valencia Police’s Nature Safety Staff which started in
It’s the largest variety of protected stuffed specimens within the nation, officers stated.
Investigators will probably be on the lookout for paperwork justifying possession.