Exotic animals are being stolen from French Zoo’s
May 2005 to Aug. 2005
12 pink flamingoes were taken from the Amneville Zoo in northeast
Zookeepers believe that some of the birds broke legs or suffered heart failure in the break in.
14 pink flamingoes wee taken from the Amiens Zoo in June, 2005 in what zoo
3 Wallabies and a marmoset were stolen in May, 2005 from the Beauval animal
park in central
The Sables d’Olonne zoo had 2 penguins stolen.
Thoiry lost 5 pygmy marmosets.
Zoo officials and police agree that the thefts are motivated by the high
prices offered for exotic breeds on the black market. A flamingo can sell
for up to $3,600 dollars (3,000 euros) and a tamarind for up to 7,000 euros.
Also customs officials have become increasingly more active against the trade which has made zoos an obvious next target.
European zoo authorities say they plan to set up an international database to register animals that are being stolen in growing numbers to feed demand from private collectors and unscrupulous dealers in the exotic pet trade. In addition zoo owners are being urged to identify all animals with microchips and to take photographs.
Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition