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Former Kyrgyz President had private zoo with snow leopard cubs

Ousted President of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, found to have private zoo with many endangered animals including 2 snow leopard cubs. Photo LA Times.

Update on yesterdays story about the snow leopard cubs in an illegal private zoo in Kyrgyzstan. BBC News confirms the property belonged to former President Bakiyev.

“A pair of snow leopards and two bear cubs were among the exotic animals found in the private zoo of ousted Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. A golden eagle, two falcons, four African peacocks and Indian ducks were also found in the zoo at the family home in the southern Jalalabad region. “The inspection was conducted as part of criminal investigations brought against close relatives and friends of former president of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev,” a spokesman for the General Prosecutor’s office said. The prosecutors are considering measures to evacuate the animals for their protection.

Bakiyev was ousted during violent protests against widespread corruption and rising utility prices in the Central Asian state earlier this month. He has been granted sanctuary by strongman Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko.”

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