BISHKEK. Yesterday some actors of Kazakhstan's 'Moskva-Imperial' circus team were detained by Kyrgyz police in connection with the smuggling of protected animals. According to law-enforcement bodies of Kyrgyzstan, the circus actors attempted to smuggle two snow leopard cubs. The animals protected by Kyrgyz law, were found in a circus lorry. The criminal case is being investigated. Now about 250 to 300 snow leopards exist in Kyrgyzstan's mountainous areas. According to local environmentalists, about 800 snow leopards have been smuggled from Kyrgyzstan during the last decade.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and edited by Charles Carlson in Prague