Islamabad: The Sind wildlife department raided a bird market in Liaquatabad Karachi, on Thursday and recovered 154 rare tortoises kept for illegal sale. They would cost nearly Rs1.5 billion in the international market.
The wildlife department raided a shop in the bird market located in alAzam Square in Liaquatabad. The department took 154 tortoises into its possession, which included 129 fresh water, nine sea and 13 land tortoises. According to Wildlife Department Deputy Century Warden Adnan Hamid, a special team of the wildlife department, led by Red Team Incharge Azeem Burfat, raided and took the special breeds of tortoises in possession upon receiving a tip-off Thursday afternoon.
The special breed of tortoises was kept for sale. According to the wildlife department, each tortoise cost nearly Rs80,000. Attempts to smuggle these aquatic creatures abroad are made often.