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No. 193, 31st July 2015

1. Vietnam: Turtle Field Skill Training Course took place at Turtle Conservation Centre
SOURCE: – DATE: 23rd July 2015

Since 1998, Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) – Cuc Phuong National Park in collaboration with Asian Turtle Program (ATP) have organized Field Skill Training Courses for hundreds of people, including students in order to raise their awareness of environmental protection. From the 13th to the 15th of July 2015, a Turtle Field Skill Training Course was held at TCC with the participation of 14 Vietnamese high school students from Amsterdam High School for the Gifted, Chu Van An High School and, High School for Gifted Students - Vietnam National University. Enrolling in the course, they were equipped with the basic knowledge on the turtles and their ecological characteristics.

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field skill training in
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2. India: Malaysia-bound flyer held with suitcase full of star tortoises
SOURCE: – DATE: 26th July 2015

Air customs officials at Chennai airport of India on Saturday (25th July 2015) seized 50 live India Star Tortoises (Geochelone elegans) from a passenger headed to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is the third incident of smuggling foiled at the airport this month. Sources said Zaheer Hussain, who had concealed the tortoises in a suitcase, was detained for questioning following a tip. "The Star Tortoises were handed over to the forest department office in Velachery (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)", said a customs official.

Earlier, on the 2nd of July, 60 Star Tortoises were seized from a checked-in baggage of a passenger and seven days later 41 Star Tortoises were seized from a passenger headed to Kuala Lumpur.

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3. India: Black Spotted Pond Turtles Released
SOURCE: – DATE: 28th July 2015

Turtle Survival Alliance–India along with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department recently released 50 Black Spotted Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) into the Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, one of the many wetlands of Northern India. The turtles were part of a large confiscation effort that resulted in more than 398 Spotted Pond Turtles being returned home in May and June. This historic interstate repatriation was the first of its kind for aquatic turtles in India.

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black pond turtles released


tiger trapped and left starved to death
© Wildlife Trust for India

4. The USA: D.C. exhibits on hate crimes, wildlife poaching take visitors on ‘emotional journey’
SOURCE: – DATE: 29th July 2015

Criminals keep finding different ways to break the laws, and the District of Columbia’s Crime and Punishment Museum (the USA) continues to find ways to educate the public about it. Accordingly, the museum in Northwest Washington is offering two exhibits that draw attention to a range of issues including the nation’s hate crimes and the continued battle against wildlife poachers abroad.

Taking visitors on an “emotional journey,” the “Attack on America: The Fight Against Terrorism & Hate Crimes” exhibit highlights the history of domestic terrorism, including the Unabomber’s 20 years of terrorizing, the 9/11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 and many more.

“Ivory, Tortoise Shell & Fur: The Ugly Truth of Wildlife Trafficking” is open until February. The exhibit calls on viewers to recognize the injustices animals face when they are killed inhumanely for their fur or tusks.

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5. Africa: USAID Embraces Technology, Comes Up With Tech Challenge to Help Curb Wildlife Crime
SOURCE: – DATE: 28th July 2015

USAID is sourcing innovative science and technology-based solutions to detect transit routes, strengthen forensic evidence, reduce consumer demand, and tackle corruption through the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge. The Challenge expects to unveil the Grand Prize Winners in early 2016.

The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge will reward innovative science and technology solutions that tackle specific wildlife trafficking issues. The Challenge comprises three stages of application: Concept Note, Prize Application, and Grand Prize Application.

In May, USAID, the Association of Southeast Asian National Wildlife Enforcement Network, and Freeland launched WildScan, a new mobile application that identifies endangered species in Vietnam.

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6. The USA: Sea creatures born on Florida's beaches were released into the ocean Monday.
SOURCE: – DATE: 28th July 2015

On Monday, 27th July 2015, over 570 baby sea turtles were released in the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles (Carretta carreta).

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570 baby sea turtles released


Un adopts resolution on tackling wildlife trafficking

7. UN adopts resolution on tackling wildlife trafficking
SOURCE: DATE: 30th July 2015

On the 30th of July 2015, the 69th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution committing countries to step up their collective efforts to address wildlife crime and put an end to the global poaching crisis.

Resolution A/69/L.80 on Tackling the Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife was co-sponsored by Gabon, Germany and more than 80 other nations and is the culmination of three years of diplomatic efforts.

The UN resolution encourages countries to “adopt effective measures to prevent and counter the serious problem of crimes that have an impact on the environment, such as illicit trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products…as well as poaching.”

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