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No. 9, 10th December 2011


1.  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station received seven Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata)

SOURCE: DATE: 6th December 2011

On the 5 th of December 2011, the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in in Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam received seven Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) that were confiscated from the illegal trade in Ho Chi Minh City. The Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle listed in Category IB of the Red Data Book of Vietnam. Under national law “no exploitation and use” of the species is allowed. It is believed that these confiscated turtles were captured at sea and then transported for sale. Currently, the Wildlife Rescue Station is taking care of the rescued turtles before releasing them back to the sea.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)



2. Hanoi city, Vietnam. The Hoan Kiem turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) seen basking or possibly tries to escape from the polluted water

SOURCE: DATE: 6th December 2011

On December 5, 2011, the Hoan Kiem turtle in central Hanoi, Vietnam, was seen climbing up the edge of the lake to bask in the sun for a period of five minutes and then swam towards the Turtle Tower. A lot of spectators gathered to observe the rare turtle as this is the third time that it emerged on the lake's surface recently. The question whether the Hoan Kiem turtle is emerging more frequently recently due to the lake's polluted water is being increasingly stressed. Litter can clearly be seen in some of the photos which suggest lake management is not doing all they can to maintain a clean lake environment as has been stressed during previous workshops for the turtle.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

In the morning of December 11, 2011, the Hoan Kiem turtle was observed again emerging on the surface of the Hoan Kiem lake. It is the twelfth time in the last two months the turtle has been observed, according to Dr. Ha Dinh Duc, a professor at Hanoi University of Science.

Link to this follow up article (Vietnamese)


3. Berlin, Germany. Snakes and tortoises found in a German hotel

SOURCE: – DATE: 10th December 2011

Police arrested three Chinese nationals after authorities discovered 100 snakes, 70 tortoises and 20 frogs in a German hotel room. The police said that the three Chinese guests smuggled the animals into the room in their luggage. A hotel employee called the police when he found a snake on the stairway on Friday and the Chinese men behaved suspiciously. When the police arrived and searched their luggage, they found the animals alive. The three guests were arrested, but later released on bail, and police are currently investigating how the animals were brought into Germany. A police spokesman said the animals were taken to a zoo in Cologne .

Link to this web article online (English)

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4. Indonesia. A wild month for enforcement in Jakarta's biggest airport

SOURCE: – DATE: 5th December 2011

Authorities in Indonesia have stopped a string of smuggling attempts during a wild November for enforcement in the country's largest and busiest airport, Soekarno-Hatta. They confiscated hundreds of turtles and lizards, and dozens of snakes, from smugglers attempting to import and export the animals.

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