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No. 62, 12th January 2013


1. Ha Tinh province, Vietnam: 700kg of monitor lizards and turtles confiscated in Ha Tinh province

SOURCE: Tuổi trẻ Online - - DATE: 11th January 2013

On the 10th January 2013, Vu Quang District Police (Ha Tinh province) pulled over a truck , which travelled from Quang Binh to Nghe An, carrying 700kg of wildlife without the required paperwork and permission for transport. 80 monitor lizards (322,6kg) and 68 turtles (386,9kg) were found on the truck. The district police transferred all the wildlife to the Provincial Forest Protection Department which is currently investigating the case. ATP NOTE: Judging from the picture in the article, most of the turtles were most likely Yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii) and Giant Asian pond turtles (Heosemys grandis).

Link 1 to this web article online (Vietnamese)

Link 2 to this web article online (Vietnamese)



2. Ba Ria – Vung Tau province, Vietnam: Wildlife illegally kept in a private household in South Vietnam

SOURCE: Thanh Niên Online - - DATE: 11th January 2013

On the 10th January 2013 at 10 pm, policemen in Chau Duc district, Ba Ria - Vung Tau province confiscated wildlife that was illegally kept in a private house. The police confiscated two Elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongata), 2 civets, and several snakes of different (unknown) species. The wildlife was transferred to the authorized body of the province and the case is under further investigation.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)



3. Ca Mau province, Vietnam: 350 households conduct Illegal wildlife farming

SOURCE: Vietnam Plus -
DATE: 11th January 2013

After one month of investigation, authorized bodies of Ca Mau province, southern Vietnam, found 350 households in the province that farm rare and endangered wildlife without legal documents and keep animals in poor conditions. They reported to have found primarily crocodiles, monitor lizards, wild boars, snakes and turtles in the private households. In particular crocodiles and monitor lizards are popular for breeding with 5,000 crocodiles and 7,000 monitor lizards recorded during the investigation. Although these private wildlife fill the pockets of the owners and therefore boost the local economy, keeping these wild animals is illegal and contradict the local People Committee's instructions on wildlife conservation.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)


4.  Hanoi city, Vietnam: Illegal fishing in Hoan Kiem lake threatens food source and health of the Hoan Kiem turtle

SOURCE: Giáo dục Việt Nam Online - DATE: 8th January 2013

Despite a fishing ban at Hoan Kiem lake and the cold weather in Hanoi, anglers continue to fish in the lake that is home to one of the four remaining Swinhoe's softshell turtles (Rafetus swinhoei). These illegal fishing activities are alarming because reduced fish stocks and fishing hooks lost in the lake can potentially harm the Hoan Kiem turtle.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

5. Galapagos: Breeding season under way for Galapagos tortoises

SOURCE: France 24 International news - - DATE: 10th January 2013

Breeding season is under way for the endangered Galápagos giant tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra) of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, whose mating and nesting habits are carefully watched by wildlife specialists hoping to save them from extinction. There are about 30,000 to 40,000 tortoises remaining on the Galapagos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 because of its unique plant and animal life.
Nesting began last month at Galapagos National Park and will be monitored through June to determine how many female tortoises have prepared nests and how many hatchlings are likely to emerge. During the peak nesting period, as many as 50 female tortoises can be found preparing nests on the same stretch of beach, said Eduardo Espinoza, a marine biologist at the park.

Link 1 to this web article online (English)

Link 2 to this web article online (Vietnamese)


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