Saudi Arabia seizes eight lions and a wolf from illegal private collection

The animals were being bred at a house in Riyadh

A lion in a zoo in Romania. Eight lions and a wolf were being kept illegally in a private collection in Saudi Arabia. AP
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Saudi Arabian authorities have confiscated eight lions and a wolf being kept illegally in a private collection in a house in Riyadh.

The animals were being bred in Muzahimiyah.

The kingdom's Special Forces for Environmental Security said it had arrested a citizen for possessing endangered wild animals.

It said keeping predatory animals is a violation of the country’s environmental laws.

The animals were transferred to the National Centre for Wildlife Development's shelter unit in Riyadh.

The crime can carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of up to 30 million riyals, the centre said.

In June, the SFES seized three lions during a raid on another Riyadh property.

Saudi authorities arrested a citizen for possessing endangered wildlife and breaching environment laws.

The owner was referred to prosecutors for the trafficking of endangered animals.

Updated: November 15, 2022, 6:28 AM
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