CITES Sanctuary is a national facility for the protection of smuggled and trafficked CITES species. It can house about 580 animals of a total of 140 species, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and more.
CITES species are tested for major diseases before being housed in the sanctuary, where their health and welfare are taken care of.
- The CITES species are globally endangered animals protected by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
- It is a shelter to take care of the CITES species, or globally endangered animals, that lost their home after being confiscated from uncovered smuggling/trafficking. Introduced animals benefit from medical care through quarantine and health examination, as well as various animal welfare programs. Its exhibition hall has a space for introducing what the CITES species are, the reality of the CITES species that have been sacrifice by smuggling and trafficking, and the efforts that can be made for animal protection.
- The CITES species are globally endangered animals, and smuggling and trafficking are accelerating their extinction. The reason behind the smuggling and trafficking lies people’s simple curiosity to raising unique wild animals. However, the curiosity leads to a tragedy where baby animals are separated from their mothers and many animals are killed while being transported in dark confined containers. If they fortunately arrive without losing life, smuggled animals cannot be checked for diseases so there is risk for those that carry diseases to cause an outbreak. Therefore, we all have to make efforts to eradicate smuggling and trafficking of the CITES species both for animals and people.