News Brief (E393, November 26, 2010)
Tigers extinct in 12 years if remain unprotected
Wild tigers could become extinct in as little as 12 years if countries where they still roam free fail to take swift action to protect tiger habitats and step up the fight against poaching, global wildlife experts warned at the International Tiger Conservation Forum in St Petersburg on Sunday. The WWF and other experts say only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, a dramatic plunge from an estimated 100,000 a century ago. Three of the nine tiger subspecies - Bali, Javan, and Caspian - have already become extinct in the past 70 years. The summit approved a wide-ranging program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in the wild by 2022, backed by governments of the 13 countries that still have tiger populations. The Global Tiger Recovery Program estimates that the countries will need approximately $350 million in external funding for the first five years of the 12-year plan.
Tiger summit aims to double numbers
Quang Tri: Farmers voluntarily hand over Red-shanked douc langur
On November 24, two farmers voluntarily handed over a 7kg Red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus) to the Quang Tri FPD. The farmers claimed they had accidentally caught the langur and decided to hand it over to the FPD. The Red-shanked douc langur belongs to group IB - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be in captivity, hunted, traded or killed.
Nguoi dan tu nguyen giao nop cha va chan nau
Dong Nai: Large haul of Cobras seized
On November 22, the Xuan Loc district FPD seized 200kg of Cobras included 10kg of Common rat snakes (Ptyas mucosus) from a known female wildlife trader, who had purchased the cobras from south-west Vietnam to sell to local restaurants. Xuan Loc’s FPD will deal with the case in accordance with wildlife protection laws.
Dong Nai: Thu giu 200 kg ran
Nguyen Bich Ngoc
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)