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Illegal trade of turtles around Tam Dao National Park continues

Tam Dao National Park just 70km northwest of Hanoi, Vietnam, is a popular destination for short trips from the city. However the park is not just famous for its cool mountain setting but also a persistent and illegal trade in wildlife. During May and July of 2009 day trips were made to the national park which confirmed that the trade in endangered tortoises continues. In Tam Dao town located within the park boundaries after asking a couple of shop keepers six endangered Black-breasted Leaf Turtles (Geoemyda spengleri) were produced and offered for sale in May during a student survey, while in July a single Keeled Box Turtle (Cuora mouhotii) and nine Geoemyda spengleri in the market and in a local hunters house.

Offered for sale at between $2.70 and $5.50 the trade of these turtles, some of which are likely caught in the National Park, is an ongoing problem. Wildlife law enforcement appears to be non-existent in Tam Dao town where as well as the turtle trade many restaurants openly offer wildlife on the menu’s including rare species such as pangolins.

Date: 6th November 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

geoemyda spengleri trade

Above: Geoemyda spengleri for sale in a shop during May, 2009

 

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Above: Nine Geoemyda spengleri offered for sale by a trader in Tam Dao market, July 2009

 

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Above: One of nine Geoemyda spengleri seen in July 2009

 

 

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