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Thursday, September 16, 2004


Taiping Zoo Cheated

::The Taiping 4, remember those 4 baby gorillas which were bought by Taiping Zoo are in the news again. This time in the Dewan Rakyat. The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Parliamentary Sec told the Dewan that Taiping Zoo was cheated in the purchase of four African Baby gorillas last year. In his question the Larut MP, Raja Ahmad said the purchase price could have reached RM500,000 each.

Despite the former MINIster in charge, Datuk Seri Law Hieng Ding having said that investigations were being carried out to identify the person or persons involved in the scam, to date no further info regarding the investigations have been forth coming. Datuk Seri Law is also no longer in the Cabinet and with him the culprit(s) involved appear also to have been forgotten.

After it was discovered that the Taiping 4 were actually not bred in captivity, but caught in he wild, conservationists rallied for the babies to be returned to Africa. In April this year, they were finally returned to Africa. But instead of Cameroon, where they came from, they were sent to South Africa's National Zoo in Pretoria, much to the chagrin of the conservationists. Apparently the Parliamentary Sec had claimed in the Dewan that they were returned to Cameroon.




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