Abu Dhabi: Fifteen Baboon monkeys and two striped hyenas that were kept illegally for sale were seized from a house in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, officials said.
The seizure comes after a tip-off given to the Environment Agency about these endangered animals being kept illegally inside a house in Abu Dhabi`s Khalidiya Park area.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) prohibits sell of these animals. The owner of the animals was arrested.
"UAE is intensifying its fight against the illegal trade in endangered species and implementing strict procedures to penalise violators. According to federal law, all endangered species included in the CITES appendices require a CITES certificate from the country of origin in addition to export or re-export permit from the concerned authorities in the country," an official said.