News Brief (E388, October 22, 2010)

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Thanh Hoa: Wildlife smuggling case intercepted
On October 15, Thanh Hoa police in conjunction with Environmental Police (EP) intercepted a truck driven by a man from Nghe An province illegally transporting of a large cache of wildlife. Evidence included eight frozen Asian golden cats (Catopuma temminckii) weighing 80kg in total, two frozen clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa) weighing 22kg in total, one live 1.2kg king cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah) and 15 deer horns. The female owner of the wildlife, also from the wildlife smuggling hotspot of Nghe An province, confessed to buying the animals to sell to a bone glue operation in Thanh Hoa City and will face prosecution.
(WCU Ref. Case 2894)
(Vietnamese version)
Thanh Hoa: Bat giu vu van chuyen trai phep nhieu ca the DVHD

Quang Ngai: Impressed tortoises confiscated  
On October 19, Quang Ngai police seized 19 live impressed tortoises (Manouria impressa) weighing around 50kg in total from a local residence. According to the local Forest Protection Department (FPD), the turtles were left at the house while being transported. All the turtles will be transferred to the Quang Ngai FPD and released back into the wild.
(WCU Ref. Case 2902)
(Vietnamese version)
Quang Ngai tich thu 19 con rua nui vien quy hiem

Hanoi: King cobras confiscated
On October 16, members from the EP, Hanoi police and the Department of Market Management conducted a check on a refrigerated van and found199kg of common rat snake (Ptyas mucosus) and 370 kg of Indochinese rat snake (Ptyas korros) with legal papers, but also discovered two illegal king cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah). The cobras were seized and will be transferred to the Soc Son Rescue Center while the case was handed over to Tu Liem Police for further investigation.
(WCU Ref. Case 2899)
(Vietnamese version)
Ran ho mang chua tren xe dong lanh

Ca Mau: Whale shark released into the sea
On October 19, functional authorities released a three ton, seven meter-long rhincodontidae, or   whale shark (Rhincodon typus), into the sea. The “strange fish” was found struggling in a local fisherman’s net and brought back to shore in bad health. After being cared for by functional authorities, the fish soon recovered and was able to be released back into the sea.
(Vietnamese version)
Ca Mau: Tha ve bien con ca la nang hon 2 tan

International Letter-Writing Competition begins, 2011 theme of forest protection
Univeral Postal Union’s 40th International Letter Writing Competition for 2011 has begun. The 2011 competition aims to encourage students to express their ideas about forest and environment protection while contributing to increased public awareness about the need to protect nature and habitats. Competitors are to imagine they are a tree in a forest and write a letter to somebody expressing the importance of forest protection. The competition is only open to students under 15 years of age, must be written prose no more than 800 words, and mailed entries have to be received by the Thieu nien Tien phong newspaper before March 8, 2011.
(Vietnamese version)
Cuoc thi viet thu quoc te voi chu de bao ve rung

New publications

In September, a flyer on primates was published by Fauna and Flora International (FFI) for residents living around primate habitats in Ha Giang, Son La, Yen Bai and Bac Kan provinces, enabling them to easily identify endangered primate species in protected zones. The flyer also helps to raise public awareness amongst local residents about the importance of the species.

Two posters on wildlife animals were published by the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) in cooperation with Education for Nature - Vietnam. The posters show the two most endangered turtles in Vietnam: the  Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis) - an endemic species only found in Central Vietnam andSwinhoe’s Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), highlight the protected status and conservation threats the turtles face, and aim to increase awareness about the need to protect them.

For copies of the publications, please contact:

Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV)
No. 5, Lane 192, Thai Thinh Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi
Tel/Fax: 84 4 3514 8850

Fauna and Flora International (FFI)
340 Nghi Tam Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
Tel: 84  4 3719 4117
Fax: 84 4 3719 4119

Asian Turtle Program (ATP)
PO Box 179, Hanoi
Tel: 84 4 3514 9750


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