News Brief (E421, June 16, 2011)

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Elephants in Vietnam could be extinct within 10 years
International experts on animal conservation have warned that elephants in Vietnam could be extinct within 10 years. The warning came after a series of cases in which elephants were killed or died of unknown causes.

Experts also warned that not only the elephant species in Vietnam is threatened to the edge of extinction but other wildlife species, such as primates, turtles and tigers are also facing extinction in 10 years. If we do not act now and make major changes in the work of wildlife conservation then these species will no longer exist.
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Quang Tri: Large number of wildlife released back into the wild
Labor newspaper reported on June 12 that the police of Trieu Phong district, Quang Tri province stopped a motorbike and confiscated a large number of wild animals including 16 turtles and 8 salamanders. The wild animals were released back into the wild by the local Forest Protection Department (FPD). The subject received an administrative fine.
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Bac Kan: White-eared night heron discovered
According to online newspaper, on June 13, two couples of the rare bird species, the white-eared night heron (Gorsachius magnificus), were discovered in Ba Be Nature Park by scientists. The white-eared night heron species is only found in the Asian tropical bio-geographic regions, China - Himalaya and tropical regions of Indochina, including Vietnam. This discovery is a very important conservation finding as the species was considered to be extinct in Vietnam.
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Binh Thuan: New stone gecko discovered in Ca Na
On June 10, Vietnamese and American researchers announced the discovery of a new stone gecko species (Gekko canaensis) in an area of Ca Na, Binh Thuan province.

Ca Na’s stone gecko species has many features similar to the Grossmann stone gecko (Gekko grossmann) but in addition has red eyes, a bigger body and is golden brown in color with dark brown spots interspersed on the head and back. Other distinguishing features include; 5-7 white spots along the side of the spine from the nape to the caudal peduncle, 6-7 pairs of short white lines, between the forelegs and hind legs, 14 to 18 holes before the grave in males and a dark brown tail with alternate lines of white and brown.
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Quang Ngai: Rare amphibian reptile species discovered in Quang Ngai
According to VnExpress online newspaper, conservationists from Wildlife At Risk (WAR) have discovered the rare Taylor’s bug-eyed frog (Theloderma Stellatum) in the forest of Quang Ngai province in central Vietnam. This frog species is listed in the IUCN as an endangered species.

Quang Ngai province is setting up a special forest area to protect the flora and fauna community here.
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International News

Unanswered questions over the legality of Malagasy wildlife on sale in Thailand
According to an investigation by TRAFFIC (wildlife trade monitoring program), Thailand’s pet dealers are supplying large numbers of Madagascar’s most threatened reptiles and amphibians to local and international markets despite unanswered questions over the legality of the imports.  One of these reptiles is the  Antsingy leaf chameleon (Brookesia perarmata), a species whose international commercial trade is prohibited under CITES.

Some of the chameleon species from Madagascar that were imported into Thailand had been declared as “captive-bred” in Kazakhstan or re-exported from Lebanon. However, analysis of official trade data showed that Kazakhstan had not reported any imports of chameleons from Madagascar, nor had any country reported exports of Malagasy chameleons to Kazakhstan.

The report urges Thai authorities, with international cooperation, to investigate and put a stop to imports from questionable sources.  It also calls for stern action against traders who sell illegal reptiles and amphibians.
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Nguyen Bich Ngoc
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PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Hanoi, Vietnam
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