Zoo agency sets up board to investigate illegal trade

The Zoological Park Organisation of Thailand (ZPO) board on Tuesday set up a panel to investigate the illegal wildlife trade across zoos nationwide in the wake of the disappearance of rare albino barking deer at Songkhla Zoo.

Chavalit Chookajorn, the former permanent secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, who chairs the board, said the board agreed to form the panel to help look into whether or not illegal wildlife trading is taking place in Thailand.

The panel will also help answer public questions about the disappearances of two albino barking deer at Songkhla Zoo.

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