Thursday, August 04, 2022

Two endangered African gray parrots seized at IGI airport handed over to Delhi zoo

New Delhi: Two African gray parrots have been seized by air customs officials at Indira Gandhi International (IG) Airport in New Delhi on Tuesday. The endangered birds were brought by a Congolese national in India.

The seized parrots have been given to National Zoological Park in Delhi. The Congolese national had arrived in India from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The man reached 'Red Channel' area at the airport to declare import of parrots.

A CISF official said that the passenger did not have a NOC from AQC, veterinary health certificate and import license from Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), according to a report in Times of India.

The Congolese national was just carrying a document which was in French. Later, officials from wildlife department were called for further examination of the seized birds.

The wildlife officials concluded in their report that the two birds are African gray parrots and comes under Appendix I of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and Flora (CITES) and are critically endangered.

04/08/22 Mirror Now

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