News Brief (E332, 18 Sep, 2009)
Ha Giang: A new protected area for the critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkey
Ha Giang Provincial People Committee recently signed the Decision No. 3115/QD-UBND for establishing Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey Species and Habitat Conservation Area (SHCA) in Khau Ca forest of Ha Giang Province. The Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) is one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world.
Hanoi: King cobras seized
On September 16th, 2009 the Hanoi authorities seized 16kg of king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah) that were being illegally transported by a man in Phuc Tho District. On the previous day in a separate case, the Police
caught two people on Doi Can street in Ba Dinh District trafficking two king cobras. The cobras are currently at the Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Thanh Hoa: Man fined over 34 million VND for trading reptiles
The Thanh Hoa People’s Committee recently issued a fine of 34 million VND to a man for trafficking 60kg of water monitor (Varanus salvator) and 2kg of Indochinese rat snake (Ptyas korros) without legal permits through the province.
Khanh Hoa: Hundreds of hawksbill sea turtles released into sea
More than 800 hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate) were recently released into the Nha Trang Sea Reserve after the authorities of Khanh Hoa province discovered them being illegally kept and bred by a local resident.
Binh Duong: Tiger kills zoo worker
On September 10th, 2009 three workers in Dai Nam Zoo were attacked by an escaped tiger. One man died on the spot and an other man was seriously injured.
Certificate of merit awarded to Vietnam Customs
At the beginning of September, 2009 the CITES Secretariat decided to give a certificate of merit to Hai Phong Customs, acknowledging their great contribution and excellent achievements in discovering three illegal imports of more than eight tons of elephant tusks into Vietnam from Africa.
Lorises and macaque transferred to rescue centres
Earlier today (September 18th, 2009) a pygmy loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) was transferred to the Endangered Primate Rescue Center at Cuc Phuong National Park after a resident in Hai Phong city reported to the ENV hotline that he found the loris in his garden. Meanwhile, in Ho Chi Minh City, on September 15th, 2009 a city resident informed the hotline that he was keeping two lorises and wanted to voluntarily hand them over to the authorities. Presently, the two lorises are under care at the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Centre.
In a separate case, on September 12th, 2009 a resident emailed ENV’s wildlife crime staff that there was a Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta ) being kept at a kindergarten in Hai Phong. The macaque was later transferred to the Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre after discussions with the kindergarten’s management board.
Lessons on primate species given to secondary students
This week (14 to 18 Sep) in Ninh Binh province, ENV’s Environmental Educators, in collaboration with five staff from the Cuc Phuong Conservation Club and four staff from the Van Long Nature Reserve, gave lessons on primate species to secondary students from the buffer zones of the national park and the nature reserve. There were 22 primate classes given to the students of five secondary schools. The students learned many useful things about primates, in particular the delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri), which is an endemic species of Vietnam and just found in Cuc Phuong National Park. The students also developed an understanding about the threats to this endangered primate and were encouraged to take part in protecting these animals.
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