One of the men offered to sell a tiger skin for Rp70 million.

  18 October 2016 16:19

Brilio.net - Three Indonesian men have been arrested for allegedly trading in protected species, with police seizing animal parts including a tiger skin, deer genitalia and pangolin scales, an official said Monday.

The suspects were caught over the weekend after an undercover police operation at a hotel in the city of Medan on Sumatra island, which is close to national parks that are home to a panoply of exotic animals.

Police posing as buyers met one of the men, who agreed to sell a tiger skin for Rp70 million before he was arrested. 

Indonesian wildlife officials show off seized animal parts, including a tiger skin.
© Agence France-Presse/Gatha Ginting

Authorities later found three kilograms of scales from critically endangered pangolins in his car, which he said he planned to sell for Rp36 million to two friends.

Pangolins, known as "scaly anteaters", are the world's most heavily trafficked mammal and a global wildlife conference last month voted to ban all trade in the creatures.

Agence France-Presse

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