News Brief (E391, November 12, 2010)

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Tiger Summit: Can the tiger be saved?
On November 21, for the first time ever, heads of state and senior diplomats from 11 key countries will gather in St Petersburg to discuss the fate of just one species. Backed by the World Bank, the Tiger Summit is billed as the last chance to save the tiger. But according to some conservation experts, the summit will not produce results because the participants have no practical experience in conservation work. Instead of focusing solely on the problem of poaching, the tiger summit is devoting too much time and resources to other issues, including educating local people about tigers and carbon emission allowances to preserve tiger habitats. Funds have not been focused on one method that will immediately and positively impact the fate of tigers.
(English version)
One last chance: can we save the tiger

Dong Nai: Boy killed by rampaging elephant
The village vice chief from where a 14 year old boy was trampled to death by an elephant on November 7 reported that the boy and his relatives were travelling by motorcycle to a jungle fishing spot in Dong Nai province when they were attacked. The boy died from head and chest injuries while his stepfather and cousin escaped unharmed.
(English version)
Boy killed by rampaging elephant

Quang Nam: Large group of langurs wreak havoc
On November 8 and 9 at a forest in the west of the province, almost 100 langurs appeared looking for food, destroying crops in the process. According to local residents, langurs have become increasingly bold and destructive of human property. Some of the langurs were black with white cheeks and long-tails such as the Francois’ langur (Trachypithecus francoisi), and appear in Vietnam’s Red Book as a rare and endangered species.
(Vietnamese version)
Quang Nam: Xuat hien dan vooc gan 100 con

Thua Thien Hue: Wildlife seized
On November 9, the Huong Tra district Forest Protection Department (FPD) intercepted a car travelling from Quang Tri to Thua Thien–Hue and seized a batch of rare wild animals, including eight civets weighing a total of 18.4kg, a brush tail porcupine weighing more than 2kg, and 12.5kg of  muntjac meat. The FPD will work with the Phong Dien Protected area to coordinate the release of the wildlife.
(Vietnamese version)
Thua Thien Hue: Bat va xu ly mot lo dong vat hoang da quy hiem

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