Thai wildlife police have arrested two vendors and seized more than 200 rare animals including endangered tortoises during a raid at Bangkok’s popular weekend market.
Police say the sting operation turned up more than $70,000 worth of rare birds and animals.
One woman and one man have been arrested and charged with smuggling endangered species.
The World Conservation Union says illegal trade at the market is just one part of a larger international operation.
It says Thailand has become a transportation centre for the illicit animal trade in south-east Asia.