News Brief (E401, January 21, 2011)

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Ha Tinh, Dong Nai: Increase in wildlife trafficking leading up to Tet
On January 17, Ha Tinh authorities stopped a bus and discovered 21.7kg of Asian leaf turtle (Cyclemys tcheponensis) and 2.8kg of pangolins being illegally transported from Laos into Vietnam. Two days before, provincial police confiscated 87 big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) weighing a total of 35kg from a bus at the international border crossing. All the animals were transferred to the local Forest Protection Department (FPD) in accordance with the law.

On January 14, Dong Nai police checked six local residences and three restaurants and confiscated a large quantity of wildlife meat and live species, including the Chinese cobra (Naja atra) and monitor lizard (Varanus sp.). All the live animals were transferred to Cat Tien National Park (NP).
(Vietnamese version)
Can Tet tran lan mua ban DVHD trai phep
Doi tuong van chuyen rua va te te quy hiem

Da Nang: Red-shanked douc langur released
On January 14, an about 10kg male red shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus nemaeus) was released into the Son Tra Nature Reserve with the cooperation of the Da Nang FPD and the Hoa Vang district FPD.

The FPD in Hoa Vang informed the Da Nang FPD that a local resident had voluntarily handed over the langur after finding it wandering the streets. The red shanked douc langur is a rare primate species listed in group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be exploited or used for commercial purposes.

Lang Son: Seizure of wildlife products
On January 14, Lang Son police seized three pieces of rhino horn, nine pieces of  tiger bone glue and a quantity of bear bile from a southern man. The owner admitted that he had purchased the products from Buon Ma Thuat province to sell in Lang Son province. Local police sealed all the evidences and sent them away for further testing.
(Vietnamese version)
Thu lo hang san pham tu DV quy hiem

Ha Tinh: Wild animals collected for Tet holiday
On January 17, the Tien Phong newspaper reported that a man was using his house in Ha Tinh to store rare and valuable animals such as the sambar deer (Cervus unicolor), wild pig (Sus scrofa), andmacaques to sell to customers at very high prices. Some of them were still alive while others had already been slaughtered and frozen. The demand for wildlife increases leading up to the  Tet holiday due to the idea, originating from China, that eating wildlife early in the year brings luck and happiness. The rarer and more expensive the animal, the more luck a person will have.
(Vietnamese version)
Gom thu rung cho Tet

Thai Nguyen: Group of rare langurs returns to forest
The Thai Nguyen FPD in conjunction with the Vietnam Forestry University discovered a group of seven or eight Francois’ langurs (Trachypithecus francoisi ) living in a forest, and the local FPD has also indicated the probable existence of other small groups. This is a very important discovery as the Francois’ langur is an endangered species listed in Vietnam’s and the IUCN’s Red List.
(Vietnamese version)
Vooc den ma trang tim ve rung

Lao Cai: Two rare species of snake rediscovered in Hoang Lien
In early January, the research department from the Vietnam National Museum of Nature, the Saint PetersburgZoology Institute and the Tu-la Amphibian and Reptile Taming Centre found specimens of two rare snake species: the la koroa snake (Oligodon lacroixi bellus) andthestriped purple spots snake (Maculophis bellus chapaensis) in the Hoang Lien mountain area in Sapa, the first time in 80 years since French scientists first discovered them. A snake expert confirmed the sighting of the species through the snakes’ specific characteristics and scales. Both species have only been recorded in a few parts of Vietnam and China.
(Vietnamese version)
Phat hien hai loai ran hiem o Hoang Lien

New Publications

Vietnam: New book raises the alarm about “Environmental issues in Vietnam”
On January 14, Dr. Mai Thanh Truyet publicly released a new book entitled “Environmental issues in Vietnam”, published by the Vietnamese American Science and Technology Society in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The book focuses on the environment - current problems in Vietnam such as arsenic pollution, hard refuse, dioxin poisoning and bauxite exploitation – and discusses both the internal and external causes of each issue.
(Vietnamese version)
Sach moi bao dong 'nhung van de moi truong o Viet Nam'

Nguyen Bich Ngoc
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Education for Nature - Vietnam
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PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Hanoi, Vietnam
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