News Brief (E399, January 07, 2011)

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Hanoi: Three King cobras rescued
In a very similar case to last week, on January 2, Hanoi’s Environmental Police stopped a car and discovered a carton containing three cobrasweighing a total of 13kg. The owner of the snakes admitted that she had purchased them in Vinh Phuc province to sell in Hanoi. According to experts, the cobras were King Cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah), which belong to group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be exploited or used for commercial purposes. The cobras have been transferred to the Soc Son Rescue Center.
(Vietnamese version)
Giai cuu Ran ho mang chua

Quang Nam: Drastic decline of wild birds                                                            
Hundreds of bird poachers have been entering forests recently to hunt precious birds to sell to the city's restaurants and bird-keepers. According to a perennial bird seller, the popularity of bird-keeping is on the rise and people are interested in birds such as the common hill myna (Gracula religiosa) and the piedbushchat (Saxicola caprata). The number of wild birds in the province is declining due to the ruthless hunting of newborn birds coupled with the destruction of forests and habitats.
(Vietnamese version)
Chim rung dang khoc vi nan san,ban,bay

Counterfeit wildlife parts on the increase
Many animals are endangered because wildlife parts are used in traditional medicines and when animal populations decline, fake rare animal parts begin to appear on the market. According to the Dat Viet Journal, products such as tiger bones, tiger bone glue, rhino horns, ivory, and bear bile are often faked in a subtle manner, and can only be detected through DNA testing. In all counterfeit wildlife products seized by authorities, fake tiger and tiger products account for 20%, ivory 5%, and rhino horn 70%, while most bear bile has turned out to be fake.
(Vietnamese version)
Tran lan hang gia các bo phan DVHD

Three species discovered in Vietnam
Of the 145 new species discovered in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region in 2009 and recently highlighted in a report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), three were discovered in Vietnam. They are: the split-nostril bat (Murina eleryi), spotted in a forest in northern Vietnam; the cricket frog (Leptolalax applebyi), a small and mottled amphibian found hiding in a pile of leaves in the central province of Quang Nam; and the fangless snake (Coluberoelaps nguyenvansangi), found in Lam Dong province in southern Vietnam.
(Vietnamese version)
Phat hien 3 loài DV moi o VN

Nguyen Bich Ngoc
Communications officer
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
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