Spain said on Sunday it had captured more than 1,000 taxidermied animals, with hundreds of dead or dead bodies, in one of the largest of its kind.
The Civil Guard said the personal collection, estimated to be worth nearly 29 million euros ($ 32 million), was found at a smelter in Bethel, near Valencia in eastern Spain.
Among the 1,090 animals captured, 405 were recorded as prey, or extinct, with scimitar-horned oryx found in parts of Africa.
There was also a full -fledged Bengal tiger, thought to be almost extinct, along with cheetahs, lynxes, polar bears, white rhinos and 198 elephant tusks.
The Civil Guard said on Sunday it was “the country’s largest taxidermied animal protected by the nation and one of the largest in Europe”.
The owner of the collection is on trial for extortion and other environmental offenses.
Spanish police seized more than 200 animals that had been killed
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