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No. 258, 28th October 2016

1. Vietnam: Customs officers confiscated of 66 turtles en route to Vietnam from Cambodia
SOURCE: – DATE: 22nd October 2016

On the 21st of October 2016, the Customs Branch of Moc Bai International Border Gate (Tay Ninh, Vietnam) detected a coach (plated 3B8686, driven by Tran Van Hiep) from Cambodia showing abnormal signs. Upon inspection, the customs officers confiscated 66 turtles (50kg) carefully hidden among 3 cartons concealed in luggage compartment to avoid enforcement agencies. The driver admitted that he had been hired to transfer these turtles to trade in Ho Chi Minh by a man living in Cambodia. The driver failed to show documents proving the origins of these turtles. According to the article, the turtles include endangered species such as Elongated Tortoises (Indotestudo elongata), Orange-headed Temple Turtle (Heosemys grandis).

The turtles were handed-over to Tay Ninh Forest Protection Department and the case is under further investigation.

ATP NOTE: as seen from the pictures, the turtles include Elongated Tortoises (Indotestudo elongata), and Cyclemys sp.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

turtles confiscated in Tay Ninh




2. Vietnam: release 150 birds and 7kg of turtles to the wild at Tram Chim National Park
SOURCE: – DATE: 24th October 2016

On the 23rd October 2016, Tram Chim National Park (Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province) welcomed visitors including staff from the Hoang So company. The visitors released 150 birds and 7kg of turtles to Tram Chim National Park. These animals had been bought from local hunters and traders on the route from Ho Chi Minh city to Tam Nong district. Since 2014, staff form Hoang So company have visited and released wildlife at Tram Chim National Park two or three times each year.

ATP NOTE: No identification on turtle species involved has been provided and the purchase of animals for release is not recommended as it supports the hunting and trade of protected species.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

3. Vietnam: Release rare sea turtle in Binh Thuan province
SOURCE: – DATE: 24th October 2016

On the morning of the 24th of October 2016, the Department of Fisheries of Binh Thuan province received one rare sea turtle from a man living in Ho Chi Minh city who hoped to release it back to the sea from Binh Thuan Beach. The sea turtle identified as a Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) weighed 16kg and was a gift from one of the man’s friends. On the same day, the Department of Fisheries released the turtle back to the ocean. This is the fifth time the Department of Fisheries received and released a Hawksbill sea turtle handed over by residents.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

release sea turtle



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