News Brief (E427, July 28, 2011)
Quang Ninh: Confiscation of three frozen tigers
On July 16, Quang Ninh police confiscated three frozen tigers from a residence in Mong Cai city, Quang Ninh province. According to the house holder, the tigers were sent to him by a Chinese man.
The case was transferred to Quang Ninh authorities for prosecution of the owner.
Thanh Hoa: Destruction of wildlife
On July 25, the People’s Committee (PC) of Thanh Hoa province directed the provincial Forest Protection Department (FPD) and other relevant authorities to organize the destruction of a large amount of dead wildlife.
The dead wild animals included eight Asian golden cats (Catopuma temminckii), two clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa), a king cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah) and15 deer antlers. The animals were evidence confiscated by Thanh Hoa Police and Environmental Police Department (Ministry of Public Security) from a person in Nghe An province on October 15, 2010.
Ninh Thuan: Green sea turtle released back to sea
According Nui Chua’s National Park (NP), on July 25 a green sea turtle (Chelonia Mydas) was released back into the sea. The turtle was released into a strictly subdivided area of the NP that is a natural marine environment for the development and preservation of this rare species. The NP received the turtle after it became trapped in the net of a local fisherman.
Green sea turtle belongs to group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be in captivity, hunted, traded or killed.
International Tiger Day held for first time in Vietnam
On July 29, Vietnam will celebrate for the first time the anniversary of International Tiger Day at Thong Nhat Park, Hanoi. As well as Vietnam, 12 others countries where tigers can still be found will carry out programs to raise public awareness about the urgency of tiger conservation, a species that is on the brink of extinction.
The specific targets to 2022 are to double the number of tigers in the wild from 3,200 to 6,400 individuals. Two representatives from Vietnam, Le Minh Quoc and Doan Hoang An, were chosen as ambassadors for the tigers to participate in the activities of international tiger conservation.
Bac Lieu: Many bird species appear in Bird Sanctuary
This year, when the rainy season began, about 100 species of birds appeared in Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary, including precious species that are listed in the Red List of Vietnam and IUCN. The birds included the great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), oriental artar (Anhinga melanogaster) and spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis). This is a good sign for the conservation in the Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary. However, the management board of the sanctuary needs to make the public in the buffer zone aware of the importance of conservation of these birds. Protecting the precious bird species will help conserve their natural environment as well as offer better genetic resources storage for scientific research.
Deforestation still rampant in Yok Don NP
According to the Deputy Director of Yok Don NP since early this year 300 violations of deforestation have occurred at Yok Don NP and most of the violators have already been punished. However, deforestation is still rampant and many trees have been poached.
Yok Don National Park is one of the largest nature reserves in Vietnam and shelters a population of rare plant and animal diversity with several species listed in the "red book". However, there has been a noticeable decline in the quality of the forest and also some of the rare endemic species that live in this NP. Yok Don NP is regarded as the biggest special-use forest in Vietnam.
Kenya burns ivory in fight against poachers
Kenya has set fire to nearly five tons of ivory in an effort to curb poaching. According to the Kenyan leader this is the third time this has been done in Africa and shows the continent's determination to fight "criminal networks".
The ivory was seized in Singapore 10 years ago and sent to Kenya where DNA tests showed it came from Malawi and Tanzania. The destruction of the ivory followed an agreement in May by Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya to strengthen law enforcement efforts to end wildlife smuggling.
Africa has nearly 500,000 elephants, but the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) says they are increasingly threatened.
Nguyen Phuong Lien
Education for Nature - Vietnam
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