109 endangered birds seized from exporters
Quoting the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation – 7 February 2018
“Employees of the Environment and Conservation Division within the environment ministry have confiscated 109 Santa Cruz Ground-doves from wildlife exporters after an attempt to smuggle them out of the country last year.
“Deputy Director of the Environment and Conservation Division Josef Hurutarau said exporting the birds is banned under the Wildlife Protection and Management (Amendment) Act 2017.
“The Santa Cruz Ground-dove, also known as Alopecoenas sanctaecrucis, is endemic to Solomon Islands and listed as an endangered species.
“Mr Hurutarau said an expert from BirdLife International is providing food, medical treatment and other care for the birds at the quarantine area at Henderson in East Guadalcanal.”
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