Eight men from the United Arab Emirates have been detained in the self-declared republic of Somaliland after being accused of illegally hunting for wildlife.
The men would "face justice" following their arrested at the airport in the capital, Hargeisa, as they were about to fly out, Somaliland wildlife director Nasir Hussein said.
It is unclear which animals they were allegedly hunting for.
Wildlife in Somaliland includes gazelles and cheetahs, though there are not many.
Last month, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) said its staff in Hargeisa were caring for six cubs that had been rescued after smugglers had been intercepted off the Somaliland coast.
Six other cubs, which were extremely dehydrated and malnourished, had died, it said.
Poached cubs originate mainly from Ethiopia, northern Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland, and are destined for the Arabian Peninsula, the CCF said.