News Brief (E410,March 31, 2011)
Kien Giang: Behind the deaths of Sarus crane
Despite being treated by experts, the Sarus crane (Grus antigone) found in Phu My, Kien Giang with a small wound to its head in early March (reported in ENV’s Bulletin E406) died 10 days later. According to results of the clinical examination, a serious wound was found in the chest of the crane, most likely caused by a sharp object used with very strong force. A month before, a group of people slaughtered and ate another endangered Sarus crane which is listed in Vietnam’s and the IUCN’s Red List.
In the past, most of Sarus crane deaths have been a result of other factors, unlike this year that saw the death of 2 Sarus cranes caused by people. This case is not only a warning about conservation awareness but also about the survival of this rare species which is on the edge of extinction.
Another article involving the threat to the Sarus crane: http://www.envietnam.org/library/Articles%20for%20news%20media%20section/Red-headed-crane-habitat-under-threat.html
Hanoi: King cobras found in car
According to Anninhthudo online newspaper, on March 25 , Hanoi’s authorities stopped a car and discovered a sack containing three King cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah) weighing a total of 27kg. The owner of the snakes admitted that he had purchased them in Lao Cai province to sell in Hanoi. The cobras have been transferred to the Soc Son Rescue Center and the case is under investigation by authorities.
The King cobras belong to group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be in captivity, hunted, traded or killed.
Ha Tinh: Pangolins confiscated and released
On March 26, Ha Tinh authorities reported they had confiscated 15 pangolins weighing 55 kg in total. On March 24, The police had followed a car they discovered carrying wild animals. They kept a close watch on the suspect who immediately threw away the captured animals and escaped. The pangolins may have been brought from Laos and Malaysia into Vietnam. They were transferred to the local FPD.
Nghe An: Wild elephant killed
Tuoitre online newspaper reported that on 26th March a dead male elephant without tusks was found in the forest in Anh Son district, Nghe An province by some local residents. The elephant belonged to a wild elephant group which often fed in the area. Nghe An’s police prosecuted the case. The reason for the elephant’s death is still under investigation.
Cat Tien NP: Gaur attacks forest ranger
On March 24, according to the vice-director of Cat Tien National Park (NP)’s FPD, a local ranger in Dinh Quan district, Dong Nai province was attacked by a gaur (Bos gaurus) when patrolling the forest. There are about 150 gaurs currently living in Cat Tien NP and this was the first report of a person being attacked by a gaur.
Wildlife farming: Threat to conservation activities?
On 25 March, the conference “Breeding and sustainable development of animals originating from the wild” was held with the cooperation of the Vietnam Directorate of Forestry and Vietnam Zoology Association in Ho Chi Minh city. Most of the wildlife farms in Vietnam are for profit and potentially causing risk to the environment and people due to these farms are the ideal environment for diseases which can potentially be transferred from animals to humans.
The conference also concerned that the encouragement of wildlife farming may cause a threat to conservation activities and an increase in wildlife hunting for breeding.
Vietnam – China: Cooperation for the conservation of the rare Cao Vit black crested gibbon
From March 13 to 20, the conference of cooperation between Vietnamese and Chinese scientists and authorities on the conservation of the rare Cao Vit black crested gibbon (Nomascus nasutus nasutus) was organized in Guangxi province, China. The conference was aimed at the agreement of measures to restore the unique habitat of the endangered gibbon species at the border of Vietnam and China.
The conference reached an important agreement which expressed the strengthening cooperation between the two countries and two provinces of Guangxi - Cao Bang, in which both parties agreed to coordinate and share information through periodic meetings of the two countries’ authorities.
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)