News Brief (E310, 10 April, 2009)
Quang Nam: Langur transferred to national park
On April 7th, 2009 the Quang Nam Provincial Forest Protection Department transferred a grey-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus cinerea) to the primate rescue centre at Cuc Phuong National Park. The langur was being illegally kept by a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project officer.
Quang Nam: Over 200m3 of timber discovered being illegally transported on the Vu Gia River
On April 5th, 2009 mobile forest rangers in Dai Loc District confiscated 200m3 of timber from a boat that was being used to illegally transport it on the Vu Gia River. Two of the subjects have been remanded in temporary custody pending further investigation of the case.
Quang Ngai: Snakes released to the wild
On April 8th, 2009 the Forest Protection Department, in collaboration with the Environmental Police in Quang Ngai province, released 30kg of snakes to the wild. The snakes had been confiscated from a restaurant on the previous day.
Cao Bang: New species of snakes discovered in nature reserve
Russian and Vietnamese scientists recently announced their discovery of a new species of rattle snake, which belongs to Protobothrops family, in the Trung Khanh Nature Reserve in the northern province of Cao Bang. The discovery was published in the Russian scientific magazine; “Reptile and Amphibians,” in January 2009.
Hai Phong: Large whale found dead on beach
On April 6th, 2009 a ten-ton whale was found dead on a beach on Bach Long Vi Island. According to the local residents, this is the first time a dead large whale had been found on the island.
Lam Dong: Wild tigers suspected of attacking cattle
Two wild tigers have reportedly appeared at a village in Cat Tien district during the past ten days. Local residents believe that the tigers have taken their goats, many of which have gone missing recently. The local authorities are working to determine the number of wild animals to put protection measures in place and also work out measures to ensure the safety of the residents.
Hanoi: Leopard cats saved from sale
An ENV field officer discovered three leopard cats being kept for sale at a pet shop on Lang Ha street. The information about the crime was immediately transferred to the National Environmental Police who quickly cooperated with Ha Noi FPD to seize the cats and arrest the violator. The three leopard cats were transferred to Soc Son Rescue Center where they are being looked after before being released back into the wild.
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)