News Brief (E306, 13 March, 2009)
Hai Phong: The largest ivory smuggling case in Vietnam uncovered
In early March 2009 Hai Phong customs officers uncovered over six tons of elephant tusks hidden in around 114 boxes of plastic waste that had been illegally transported from Africa through Malaysia to Vietnam’s northern Hai Phong port. The consignee was Phuc Thien Ngan based in An Duong’s District, according to the waybill. The case is being investigated for further information.
Nghe An: Quang Ngai: Illegal wildlife transportation case stopped
On March 7th, 2009 the Nghe An Provincial Traffic Police confiscated 317kg of pangolins concealed in a car. In a separate case on March 10th, 2009 Quang Ngai Border Police caught a man illegally transporting 117 green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) with the total weight of two tons.
Khanh Hoa: Three hunters arrested for killing five langurs
On March 10th, 2009 the Khanh Hoa Provincial Police arrested three men for killing five langurs in Hon Ba Nature Reserve on the previous day.
Quang Tri: A herd of gaur found in the Nature Reserve
On March 7th, 2009 the Quang Tri Forest Protection Department announced that the agencies specializing in wild animal protection had discovered a herd of 10 gaurs (Bos gaurus) living in Voi Mep peak in Huong Hoa North Nature Reserve. The FPD is developing plans to protect the gaurs.
ENV hosts regional meeting on wildlife crime
Asian nationals working to combat wildlife crime from NGOs in nine countries met last week in Hanoi to
devise ways that NGOs can assist their governments in tackling trans-border wildlife crime. The meeting, hosted by ENV, was the first such meeting in the region, and is intended to support further development and strengthening of the ASEAN Wildlife Crime Network (ASEAN WEN).
Ha Noi: Macaque and loris turned over to ENV
A stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides) has been rescued and transferred to Soc Son Rescue Centre after monks at the Bo De Pagoda in Hanoi voluntarily agreed to transfer the animal to a rescue center. The macaque was first reported to ENV by a Hanoi resident after it was observed in captivity at the pagoda. Following discussions with the pagoda caretakers by ENV, it was agreed to turn the animal over to authorities. In a separate case, on March 12, a loris was voluntarily turned over to ENV by a resident. The loris was later transferred to the Endangered Primate Rescue Center at Cuc Phuong National Park.
Please note: Past bulletins can be found on ENV's website www.envietnam.org
Nguyen Thi My Dung
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)