News Brief (E415, May 05, 2011)
Thanh Hoa: 490 million VND administrative fine for illegal wildlife trade
According to Cong An Nhan Dan Online newspaper, on April 30, Thanh Hoa authority confiscated more than 1000 wild animals including 465 common rat snakes (Ptyas mucosu), 350 Indochinese rat snakes (Ptyas korros), 135 radiated rat snakes (Elaphe radiate), 9 water monitors (Varanus salvator), 4 masked palm civets (Paguma larvata) and 138 Asian leaf turtles (Cyclemys tcheponensis). The subject received an administrative fine of 490 million VND.
Nghe An: Rare turtle set free
On May 3rd, a leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys Coriacea) was released at Quynh Luu coastal area, Nghe An province. The turtle had been caught by a local fisherman two days before. Upon receiving the news, Nghe An Province’s Aquatic Resource Protection Department identified the turtle as a very rare species that needs protecting. Having negotiated with the fisherman, the department, in conjunction with the border guards and local authorities, set free the healthy turtle. The leatherback is known as the largest of all living sea turtles.
Nghe An recognized as a Global Biosphere Reserve
On April 29, an area of 1.3 million hectares, including two nature reserves (Pu Hoat and Pu Huong) and Pu Mat National Park (NP) to the west of Nghe An Province of Vietnam, was listed by UNESCO as a Global Biosphere Reserve. The reserve is located in the temperate and tropical climate zone.
This is the only area of northern Vietnam, and north of the central region of Vietnam, where primeval forest is untouched. The total forested area of the global biosphere reserve of Nghe An is 70% and includes many high mountain peaks such as Pu Xai Lai Leng, Pu Den Dinh and Pu Mat, areas known to be good for conducting research on climate change.
The global biosphere reserve of Nghe An province has 70 floral species and 80 fauna species which have been listed in the Red Book of Vietnam.
The reserve also has high cultural diversity from the various local ethnic groups such as the Thai, the Kinh, Tho Mong, Kho Mu, Dan Lai and O Du.
This is the 6th of eight biosphere reserves of Vietnam listed by UNESCO as a Global Biosphere Reserve.
Lam Dong: Large quantity of illegal wildlife and products seized
According to the Thiennhien.net online newspaper, on April 29, more than 100 officials and rangers discovered and seized hundreds of kilograms of illegal wildlife. The discovery and seizure was the result of operations to crack down on the illegal trade of wild animals in Da Lat, Lam Dong.
Authorities discovered 16 violations amongst the 27 examined places. Evidence seized in the investigations included turtle shell, crocodile leather, chamois horns, stuffed wild animals as well as 88 kg of wildlife meat and more than 100 live wild animals such as brush-tailed porcupine (Hystrix brachyuran), monitor lizard (Varanus sp.), pheasant and large-toothed ferret badger (Melogale personata).
Quang Ngai: Conservation of Vietnamese pond turtle in central Vietnam
The Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of the Cleveland Metropark, USA has chosen a wetland area in Binh Khuong commune, Binh Son district in the central province of Quang Ngai, to build a nature reserve to protect theVietnamese pond turtle (Mauremys annamensis), This rare endemic species of turtles is in danger of extinction. The establishment of the reserve is scheduled for early May 2011 and will cover 8 hectares. The reserve will receive some 200 Vietnamese pond turtlefrom Cuc Phuong Turtle Reserve in the north and several other places as well as around 200 rare turtles from the Cleveland Metropark.
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)