News Brief (E417, May 19, 2011)
Quang Nam: Two grey-shanked douc langurs released back into the wild
Labor Newspaper reported on May 18, two grey-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus cinerea) were released back into the wild by the Forest Protection Department (FPD) of Nui Thanh district, Quang Nam province. Two local residents said they rescued the langurs from the tributary and handed them over to the FPD.
Grey-shanked douc langur belongs to group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be exploited or used for commercial purposes.
Quang Nam: Tha hai ca the vooc cha va quy hiem ve rung
Vietnam conducts survey of existing tiger populations in the country
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to carry out and evaluate a pilot project of raising tigers as well as conducting a survey on existing tiger populations in Vietnam.
The Deputy Prime Minister also requested the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment collaborate with MARD in order to implement the commitment of Vietnam at the Global Tiger Initiative in St Petersburg, Russia.
The population of tigers in Vietnam, as well as other countries with tiger populations, has been greatly reduced by hunting, habitat loss and reduced food sources. There are a few dozen instances of wild tigers left scattered in some national parks and protected areas in Vietnam.
Police seize illegal wildlife
On May 12, the Environmental Police (EP) of Quang Binh stopped a bus from Laos and seized a number of wild animals that included three king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah), five clouded monitors (Varanus bengalensis), a giant Asian pond turtle (Heosemys grandis) and two keeled box turtles (Cuora mouhotii). All the animals were transferred to the FPD Mobile Team of Quang Binh province.
Previously, on May 6, Ca Mau authorities confiscated five common palm civets (Paradoxurus hermaphrodites) that had been kept illegally at a local residence. The animals were released into the U Minh Ha’s Nature Park (NP) by the FPD Mobile Team, No.1 Forest Fire team and the EP of Ca Mau province.
King cobra and common palm civet are two species belonging to group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be exploited or used for commercial purposes.
The clouded monitor, giant Asian pond turtle and keeled box turtles are species belonging to group IIB of Decree 32/PD-CP - the group of rare wild animals restricted to be exploited and used for commercial purposes.
Reporting of the Tonkin snub-nosed langur’s conservation zone
In 2002, scientists discovered about 100 Tonkin snub-nosed langurs (Rhinopithecus avunculus), the biggest ever population, at Khau Ca, Ha Giang province. The discovery was the reason for establishing a conservation zone for this langur species here.
The world recognized the Tonkin snub-nosed langur species is unique to Vietnam and has been at the edge of extinction for years. There have been many opportunities to preserve and develop the area where there is the biggest population of langurs but it has taken 7 years to establish an official reserve for this rare and endangered langur species. Due to the lack of manpower it is currently very difficult to protect the langurs in the conservation zone. There is also a conflict with local residents who still live in the protected area and are finding ways to hunt this precious species.
The Tonkin snub-nosed langur, is one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates. It is native to Vietnam and listed under the IUCN and group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP.
Dak Lak: Yok Don NP becomes illegal logging site
According to Vietnamplus online newspaper reporters, the forest in the the protected area of Yok Don NP has now become a big illegal logging site with hundreds of ancient Burma padauk (Pterocarpus macrocarpus) trees cut down by poachers. After being cut down by the poachers, the roots of the precious Burma padauk were burned by the rangers so the trees now have no chance to regenerate. The track established by the poachers has become a road which shows that the illegal logging site existed here for a long time. According to the rangers, it is not hard to find illegal logging at Yok Don’s NP but forest owners still let the poachers blatantly carry on logging activities.
Hanoi: Poachers blatantly exploit red-wood timber
Sometime during the evening of May 15 and the morning of May 16, a total of 4 red-wood trees (Dalbergia tonkinensis) were cut down in Hanoi. The poachers made good use of the rainy night to exploit the timber, tying the treetops together then cutting down the roots of the trees.
Previously, on May 14, three other red-wood trees were also cut down by poachers in Thanh Xuan district.
In recent months, authorities have not taken any action when poachers blatantly stole the precious trees in areas of urban districts.
Sua tac tung hoanh Ha Noi
Issuance of stamps "Animals of Ba Be NP”
On May 15, the Ministry of Information and Communications of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam officially issued the stamp’s blog of "Animals of Ba Be NP". The stamp was issued to introduce people to the rich fauna and diverse natural heritage of the Ba Be NP as well as contributing to the awareness of the community in maintaining and conserving biodiversity development in Ba Be NP.
The blog shows images of the five animal species living at Ba Be NP, common barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak), white-eared night heron (Gorsachius magnificus), brown pricklenape (Acanthosaura lepidogaster), keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) and the Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii).
Nguyen Bich Ngoc
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