Two Chinese tourists have been detained in Madagascar, accused of trying to take live animals - including an endangered chameleon species - out of the country.
The pair were travelling with a group of parents and children from mainland China who were visiting the African island nation on an insect research tour organised by a private institute in Beijing, Chengdu Business Daily reported on Wednesday.
They were stopped at the Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo on Saturday as they tried to return to China, allegedly with lizard and centipede species in their luggage.
The man leading the tour was arrested along with a woman whose child was also travelling with the group, the report said, citing a Chinese woman who was interpreting for the police. It was not clear whether they had been charged. The other 17 members of the group have all returned to Beijing.