News Brief (E336, 16 Oct, 2009)
Ha Noi: Frozen tigers confiscated
On October 16th 2009, the Hanoi Environment Police apprehended four people illegally transporting two frozen tigers in Thanh Tri District of the Hanoi city. The case continues to be investigated for further information.
Nghe An: Forty-seven pangolins found in Camry
On October 6th, 2009 the Nghe An Provincial Traffic Police stopped a driver of a Camry transporting, without legal permits, 47 pangolins in Dien Chau District. The pangolins have been transferred to police for further investigation.
Lam Dong - Binh Duong- Nghe An: Snakes, monitor lizards & civets confiscated
On October 13th, 2009 in Lam Dong, an illegal wildlife transportation and trade case was discovered in Duc Trong District. The seizure included 7.5kg of Chinese water dragons (Physignathus cocincinus), 2kg of common palm civets (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and 3.5 kg of snakes. Meanwhile, on the same day in Binh Duong, the provincial police confiscated 476kg of clouded monitors (Varanus bengalensis ) and 56kg of snakes. In Nghe An recently, the authorities seized 550kg of snakes and 60kg of monitor lizards in Quynh Luu District.
Quang Ninh: Tiger hide found
On October 13th, 2009 the Cam Pha Town Police in Quang Ninh province announced that during a patrol on the highway of Cam Pha town, the Quang Ninh Provincial Police found a man illegally transporting a tiger hide.
Dak Lak: Man arrested for setting traps
On October 14th, 2009 forest rangers in Chu Yang Sin National Park discovered a man laying animal traps. The man was also found with a serow skull (Capricornis sumatraensis), about 3kg of glue made from wildlife products, two knives, a glue cooker and some trap wires. He has been taken into custody for questioning.
Quang Nam: Langur released into wild
On October 10th 2009, the Quang Nam Forest Protection Department (FPD) released a grey-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus cinerea) into the forest. A resident had voluntarily handed over the langur to the FPD four days prior to the release.
Bear, gibbon, macaque & porcupine transferred to rescue centre
On October 16th, 2009 a Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus), a Northern white-cheeked gibbon (Hylobates concolor leucogennys), a long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) and a porcupine were transferred to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Centre. All the animals were being kept illegally in a cage at the Hoa Ha petrol station in the Phung Hiep district of Hau Giang province. A foreigner reported the captivity to the ENV hotline. ENV worked closely with the authorities in Hau Giang to obtain a successful resolution to the case.
Lessons on primates given to secondary students
This week (12 to 16 Oct) ENV’s Mobile Education Unit, in coordination with staff from the Pu Huong Nature Reserve, gave lessons about primates to secondary students from the buffer zone of the protected area. The lessons helped students find out about the threats to Vietnam’s primates and encouraged them to take part in protecting them. They also gave special attention to the Northern white-cheeked gibbon (Hylobates concolor leucogennys), which is located mainly to the north of the central region where the Pu Huong Nature Reserve is located.
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