News Brief (E342, 27 Nov, 2009)
Lai Chau: Ranger caught violating wildlife protection laws
On November 23rd, 2009 Police in the Sin Ho District of Lai Chau province arrested and prosecuted a ranger from the Sin Ho District Forest Protection Department (FPD). Two local men who had been arrested in a separate matter told police that the ranger had bought bear bile, paws and hides from them. He remains in temporary custody for violating wildlife protection laws.
Quang Ninh: Man prosecuted for transporting king cobras
The Quang Ninh Police recently prosecuted a man for illegally transporting 32kg of king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah) without legal permits through the province.
Dong Nai: Wildlife released back into forest
On November 25th, 2009 the Xuan Loc District FPD, in cooperation with local authorities, released eleven wild animals that had been confiscated en route for consumption. The freed animals, including macaques, civets, snakes and pythons, are now at Chua Chan Forest in Dong Nai province.
Sniffing out the state of Vietnam’s Javan rhinos
WWF researchers have teamed up with national park rangers and two highly trained sniffer dogs in the forests of Southern Vietnam to determine the population status of the Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus), one of only two populations of the species left on the planet.
Hanoi: Environmental conference aims to protect wildlife
Since November 23rd 2009 more than two dozen of Vietnam’s environmental police have gathered in Hanoi for four days of training on wildlife trade enforcement. The training, led by German CITES experts, is focused on the regulations, implementation and enforcement of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
Binh Duong: Journalist take part in communications training to protect wildlife
On November 24th, 2009 the Wildlife Conservation Society, in collaboration with People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), organized a training program at the Dai Nam tourist resort of Binh Duong province. The training educated 20 journalists across Vietnam about wildlife protection communications.
Bear exhibit at Hanoi National University
For two days (25-26 November 2009), the ENV Mobile Unit organized bear protection activities at the University of Science - Hanoi National University, encouraging students and University staff to sign commitments not to use bear bile and bear products in order to protect Vietnam’s endangered bears. The exhibit also gave people the chance to join and support ENV’s efforts in protecting Vietnam’s wildlife and nature by registering to become members of ENV’s Volunteer network and take part in the membership program. 1445 people pledged to protect bears and 104 students became members of ENV’s Volunteer network during the two-day event.
Four stump-tailed macaques transferred to rescue centre
On Nov 26th, 2009, four stump-tailed macaques (Macaca arctoides) were confiscated and then transferred to the rescue centre at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park by The Quang Nam Provincial Forest Protection Department. All the animals were being kept illegally in a Bach Van tourist area which belongs to Con Thi Park in Duy Tan ward, Tam Ky City in Quang Nam province. A foreigner reported the captivity to the ENV hotline resulting in ENV working closely with the authorities in Quang Nam to obtain a successful resolution to the case.
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