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No. 30, 13th May 2012


1. India- Bangalore. 483 star tortoises seized at Bengaluru International Airport - BIA

SOURCE: - DATE: May 7th , 2012

The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Customs, seized about 483 live Indian star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) being smuggled out of the country by an Indian national, Mudhar Maidheem Nahur Meeran. The Star tortoises are protected under Schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 of India, which bans possession and trade in any form for commercial use.  It is also protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), of which India is a signatory.

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2. Southern Vietnam: Snakes and Turtles Rush

Source: Date: May 7th 2012

Recently, many people living around cajuput forests (Indigo forest) of Southern Vietnam (in Tri Ton, Tinh Bien district, An Giang province) have been searching for tortoises, cobras, and other wildlife to sell to Chinese traders despite protection by the Forest Protection Department (FPD). Many turtle and cobra's now have high prices from 370,000 – 500,000 vnd/kg.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)


3. UK- Hampshire. A Quartet of Critically Endangered Egyptian Tortoises

SOURCE: DATE: May 8th , 2012

A Quartet of tiny critically endangered Egyptian Tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni) have successfully hatched at Marwell Wildlife Park in Hampshire, U.K. The first youngster to hatch weighed just 3.9g but will hopefully live for up to 50 years.

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4. Ha Noi city, Vietnam. The resurfacing of Hoan Kiem Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei)

SOURCE: DATE: May 11th , 2012

After treatment and release in 2011 the Hoan Kiem Turtle has been seen surfacing in the central Hanoi lake many times. Although some people think the water maybe too dirty some experts such as Prof Ha Dinh Duc believe the animals is now completely healthy. Some new photos are shown in the article.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)


5. Ha Noi city, Vietnam. Turtles sacrificed at Hanoi's West Lake

SOURCE: DATE: May 13th , 2012

An unusual sight in Hanoi this week was the sacrificing of a Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) at the flower garden Lac Long Quan – West Lake. This article criticised this action and asked for such things to be prohibited in the future.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)


6. Nghe An Province, Vietnam: Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) caught by a fisherman

Source: Date: May 7th 2012

In the afternoon of May 3 rd a local fisherman, Mr. Hien (Quynh Luu district, Nghe An province), was able to catch a swimming sea turtle he had seen. The 60cm, 15 kg animal was a Green Sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) known locally as Vich and considered rare in the Vietnam Red Book. The following day the Nghe An Fishery department and border guard station convinced the resident successfully to release the turtle.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)


7. Nepal: Turtle trafficking on the rise in Nepal

Source: Date: Feb 28th 2012

Smugglers have been trafficking turtles, many of them endangered, to the town of Zhangmu just over the Chinese border north of Kathmandu, according to the Kantipur daily newspaper. Despite the fact trade in tortoises and turtles is prohibited in Nepal. Species traded include the red-crowned roof turtle (Batagur kachuga), the three-striped roof turtle (Batagur dhongoka), elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata), and narrow-headed soft-shell turtle (Chitra indica). With one trader estimating 50 to 60 animals sold each week the real number could be much higher.

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8. Malaysia: Hope remains in conserving three of Malaysia's important marine turtle species

Source: Date: May 8th 2012

Although some believe it may already be too late to avert the decline of Malaysian leatherbacks (Lepidochelys olivacea) there is still time and hope for three other marine turtle species. It took hard data to convince the Terengganu state government that there needs to be a ban on leatherback turtle egg consumption. But the area once used to be a sight of some of the world's most significant leatherback nesting. Eventually data from studies on population decline and genetics has led to the gazetting of an important nesting grounds for a number of other endangered turtle species found in Malaysia.

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9. Turtle conservationist at Cuc Phuong National Park

SOURCE: media. DATE: 11th May 2012

A video introducing the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park appeared on Vietnamese television. (Green live Program, from the 55 th minute)

Link to this video online (Vietnamese)


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