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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 20, 26th February 2012
2. China: Chinese nationals face deportation for eating rare tortoises
SOURCES : bbc.co.uk - DATE: 18th February 2012
Four Chinese nationals are facing deportation from Zimbabwe after they were arrested for killing more than 40 rare Bell's Hinged tortoises (Kinixys belliana) for meat, officials say. Animal welfare officials said the men admitted to the charges of animal cruelty. The tortoise is listed as an endangered species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Local officials say their numbers in the wild have dwindled in recent years.
3. Quang Ninh province, Vietnam: Taxi carries 150kg of illegal wildlife.
SOURCES : danviet.vn - DATE: 21st February 2012
The Quang Ninh province's police discovered a taxi carrying 142 weasels (possibly actually civets) weighing 87kg ; many types of snakes weighing 40kg and 17 individuals of Keeled box turtles (Cuora mouhotii and Asian stripe-necked leaf turtles (Cyclemys oldhamii). The total weight of all the animals was 144.5kg . The taxi driver insisted that he was hired by a man called Nguyen Van Quoc (born in1962) from Ha Tinh province to transport the wildlife.
4. Vietnam: A gigantic collection of turtles
SOURCES : baodatviet.vn - DATE: 23rd February, 2012
The Me Linh Biodiversity Station belongs to the Institute of Ecology and Biology Resources (IEBR) and is located in Ngoc Thanh commune, Phu Yen city, Vinh Phuc Province of northern Vietnam. The centre currently keeps 10 turtle species in semi-natural enclosures, including Elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongata), Asian stripe-necked leaf turtles (Cyclemys oldhamii), Keeled box turtles (Cuora mouhotii), Vietnamese pond turtles (Mauremys annamensis), Four-eyed turtles (Sacalia quadriocellata), and Giant Asian Pond turtles (Heosemys grandis). According to Dr. Le Dong Tan (IEBR), they will plan a 10ha area to develop a wildlife exhibition area with semi-natural enclosures.Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)