Ho Chi Minh City: Gibbons arrive at Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Center
On August 11, six yellow-cheeked gibbons (Hylobates gabriellae) were transferred to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Center by the HCMC FPD. All the gibbons had been rescued from Lam Dong province in separate cases. On May 31, ENV was informed about four gibbons being kept in captivity at the King Lo Tea Company. ENV alerted the Lam Dong FPD who confirmed that four yellow-cheeked gibbons were being kept illegally by the company’s Taiwanese director. On July 6, locals notified ENV of two gibbons being kept at a hotel in Lam Dong province. ENV immediately notified the local FPD. Authorities inspected the hotel and discovered that the two yellow-cheeked gibbons had been at the hotel for almost ten years. (Case references 2525/ENV and 2588/ENV).
Between January 1, 2005 and April 30, 2010, the ENV Wildlife Crime Unit documented 40 cases involving a total of 76 gibbons. Thirty-seven cases involved the illegal possession of gibbons. Three exceptions were cases whereby the owner had permits issued by local authorities to keep the animals. Thirty-two of the cases were confined to southern provinces.
A total of 39 gibbons were confiscated by authorities or voluntarily transferred to rescue centers. In 13 cases involving 18 gibbons, the animals disappeared or were reported dead under suspicious circumstances before they could be rescued. Enforcement is currently pending in seven cases involving 10 gibbons. Twenty-eight of the 76 gibbon cases were reported to the ENV Wildlife Crime Hotline resulting in the rescue of 18 gibbons in eight separate confiscations.