News Brief (E420, June 9, 2011)
Dak Lak, Dong Nai: Two wild elephants found dead in Nature Reserves
During the week two wild elephants were found dead in the Dong Nai and Dak Lak Nature Reserves (NR). On June 5 in Dong Nai province, residents found a dead elephant in the center of Vinh Cuu’s NR and Relic. According to local authorities, the elephant had been dead for several months. This is the eighth wild elephant that has been found dead in this NR since 2009.
In addition, on June 6 a young wild elephant was found dead in Yok Don’s Nature Park (NP).
According to the officers of the NP and NR, the possible cause of death of both elephants could be the result of them eating fruits contaminated with pesticides.
Quang Nam: Hand in hand to protect the marine turtle
On June 5, three hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) were released back into the sea by the Management Board of Cu Lao Cham’s NR. All three turtles had been raised at residences in Da Nang and Hoi An before being rescued by the authorities.
The release of the turtles was done in the presence of the public as part of a World Environment Day initiative to educate and raise public awareness on protection of the environment and rare species in the area of Cu Lao Cham’s NR and throughout the coastal areas of Vietnam.
Wildlife smuggled across borders
The smuggling of wild animals across borders is causing problems in Vietnam border provinces such as Lang Son, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh. Vietnam has become an intermediary in the transnational lines of trading wildlife. Wild animals are disguised as “temporary imported goods” so they can be brought into Vietnam and then re-exported to other countries. In this way strict verification and taxes for the goods are avoided.
Customs in the border provinces discovered and confiscated a large quantity of illegally imported wildlife that was being brought across the border as “temporary imported to be re-exported”. Ivory and frozen pangolins are often hidden in sacks of seaweed and snail shells making it very difficult to discover them. According to the local authorities, these cases make up about 10% of all illegal trading cases, but unfortunately are only fined and do not face criminal prosecution.
Hanoi: Tips to hunt the wild birds
Hunters in a village in Ba Vi district, Hanoi are using traditional methods, such as cages, traps and nets, taught to them by their ancestors for hunting wild birds. Unfortunately, they are also using modern hunting methods such as live bird or wooden bird prey and these methods are capable of killing thousands of precious wild birds every year. The birds have become a specialty of local restaurants. The lure of immediate profit means the hunters have been destroying the environment and ecosystem of their hometown.
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)