News Brief (E370, 18 June, 2010)

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Quang Binh: Flock of Siamese firebacks discovered
A flock of Siamese firebacks (Lophura diardi) has been known to exist in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park since 1993. On June 15, by photo-trap, staff recorded the appearance of a flock here. The Siamese fireback belongs to the pheasant (Fasianidae) family, is a protected species under Vietnamese law, and appears in Vietnam’s Red Data Book and IUCN’s Red Book. The birds are believed to be decendants of a flock recorded at the Park in 1993. The flock appears to be in good health.
(Vietnamese version)
Phat hien quan the ga loi hong tia

Tay Ninh: Wildlife smuggled from Cambodia
The Tan Bien District Forest Protection Department (FPD) recently discovered the illegal transportation of 16.6kg of wildlife from Cambodia into Vietnam. The cache included two Common rat snakes (Ptyas Mucosus), one Water monitor (Varanus salvator), one Elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata) and nine disemboweled mouse-deer (unidentified).
(Vietnamese version)
Ngan chan dong vat hoang da len bien gioi

Lang Son: Traffic police help stop transportation of illegal wildlife
On June 1, a Tung Dien traffic police team intercepted 33 big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) being transported illegally.Seven of the turtles were found deceased. This is the second time a Tung Dien traffic police team has uncovered a smuggling case through careful observation of traffic. A few days earlier, 125 Hill mynas (Gracula religiosa) were found en route to the Chinese border.
(Vietnamese version)
Van chuyen dong vat hoang da tu Campuchia ve Vietnam

Lam Dong: Northern white-cheeked gibbons illegal kept
On June 9, after receiving a report of a resident in Lam Dong keeping four Northern white-cheeked gibbons (Hylobates concolor leucogennys), ENV contacted local authorities to investigate. The Northern white-cheeked gibbon is a critically endangered species, therefore the Di Linh FPD found the animals being kept by the Tra Kinh Lo Company. The case is undergoing further investigation.
(Vietnamese version)
Vuon den ma trang co trong sach do bi cam tu

Hai Phong: Smuggling of elephant ivory difficult to stop
Authorities in Hai Phong have uncovered seven cases of elephant ivory being smuggled into the country recently, with a total of 13 tons elephant of ivory being intercepted since 2009, leading authorities to conclude that Hai Phong is an ideal destination for elephant ivory smugglers. Finding a solution to the problem is difficult because there is no evidence pointing to those responsible, and smugglers use sophisticated methods to bring the ivory into the country. Smugglers benefit greatly from low levels of security at Hai Phong ports, and with no container x-ray machine at the Chinese border, the smuggling of elephant ivory will continue.
(Vietnamese version)
Rat kho ngan chan nga voi nhap lau qua Cang Hai Phong

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