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JHB Zoo's international license suspended

The decision was prompted by a recent incident involving the import of 8 antelope.

The Johannesburg Zoo’s international accreditation has been temporarily suspended. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Zoo's international accreditation has been temporarily suspended.

The Association of Zoos and Aquaria says the decision was prompted by a recent incident involving the importation of eight sitatunga antelope at OR Tambo International Airport earlier this month.

It's understood the antelope were imported from Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic.

The animals were put down after it was found they did not have necessary papers to be in the country.

The association has launched an investigation to determine whether the process of importing the antelope into the country was ethical.

John Werth says the animals arrived at OR Tambo without the necessary papers.

"We have temporarily suspended them and withdrawn their accreditation status."

The zoo's Jenny Moodley says they have launched their own investigation.

"Our concerns are still regarding communications that were exchanged."

The association says its ethics committee is studying the facts and based on evidence gathered, and recommendations of the committee, appropriate action will be taken.

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