An investigation into the monks' living quarters revealed 20 containers of preserved tiger parts. A living lion, sun bear, hornbill (a kind of bird) and endangered banteng cattle were also found inside the temple's compound, adding weight to wildlife trafficking allegations that have been made against it for years.
"This confiscation shows that the temple is likely involved in illegal tiger trade," Teunchai Noochdumrong, director of Thailand's Wildlife Conservation Office, told BBC News. "They are clearly violating the law in selling, distributing [and] transferring the protected animals or their parts."
"The recent discovery of the tiger skins and necklaces comes as a shock to us as well as the rest of the world," Tiger Temple wrote on Facebook in response. "We are disgusted at this discovery and we don't condone this. We are looking forward to the authorities bringing the culprits to justice."