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Thai customs officers seize 451 smuggled Indian turtles

Bangkok - Bangkok airport customs officials confiscated 451 turtles and seven baby gavials that had been packed in suitcases on a flight from Dhaka to Bangkok, officials said Thursday. Suvarnabhumi International Airport customs officials on Wednesday found the animals stuffed in four suitcases that had been abandoned at the

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Trafficker smuggling live leopards nabbed at Bangkok airport

Police arrested a suspected wildlife trafficker early Friday who attempted to smuggle live endangered animals, among them leopards and panthers, out of the country in his suitcases, an wildlife protection group said. Noor Mahmoodr, 36, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport as he prepared to

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Thailand to become a Filming Destination

Bangkok, March 27, 2011 — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is continuing to promote the country as Asia’s leading shooting location as well as maintaining the momentum of filmmaking activities by inviting 23 foreign film industry leaders to visit Thailand. They will explore potential filming locations and facilities in

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Bangkok: Man Tries to Board Plane with Suitcases Full of Wildlife

Airport authorities in Bangkok yesterday (Feb. 9) stopped a man attempting to board a plane with some unusual luggage in tow — three suitcases stuffed full of live animals. The bags were crammed with pythons, boa constrictors, squirrels, spiders, lizards, frogs, a parrot and more than 100 tortoises — including one

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Closing Thailand’s marine parks ‘won’t save coral’

The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department will not close all the marine national parks along the Andaman Sea coast to save damaged coral reefs from bleaching. "Closing the marine national parks will not help the coral reefs recover from bleaching," the Department's directorgeneral Sunant Arunnopparat said. The Marine and Coastal

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200 endangered Madagascar tortoises seized at Suvarnabhumi Airport

BANGKOK, Oct 11 – Thai customs officials on Sunday seized 218 radiated tortoises smuggled into Thailand by a Malagasy man to sell to a trader at Bangkok’s biggest weekend market, at Chatuchak Park. Four radiated tortoises were dead while 214 others are still alive. Worth an estimated Bt1.2 million altogether (about

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