Lack of care leads to elephant rampages

Last update 11:34 | 12/01/2018
VietNamNet Bridge – For centuries, residents in Phuc Son Commune, central province of Nghe An have lived comfortably with wild elephants, but as bamboo forests – the main diet of many elephants – are replaced with industrial trees, things are changing. Many elephant herds are now finding it difficult to find enough food to survive. 
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Elephants at the Pu Mat National Park in the central province of Nghe An. Many elephant herds in the province are now finding it difficult to find enough food to survive. — Photo: baonghean.vn

Last October, six wild elephants went on a rampage in a commune village and destroyed family crops.

The family called neighbours for help to chase the elephants away. However, the wild beasts refused to go until they had destroyed two hectares of acacias and other trees. Continue reading “Lack of care leads to elephant rampages”

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The crime family at the centre of Asia’s animal trafficking network

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Bach brothers based in Vietnam and Thailand are responsible for smuggling thousands of tonnes of elephant ivory, rhino horn and other endangered species

Bach Mai aka ‘Boonchai’ (left) and his brother Bach Van Limh are key players who control the smuggling gateway from Thailand into Laos.
 Bach Mai aka ‘Boonchai’ (left) and his brother Bach Van Limh are key players who control the smuggling gateway from Thailand into Laos.

There is a simple reason why there is always trouble in Nakhon Phanom. It is the reason why the US air force came here during the Vietnam war, and the reason why this dull and dusty town in north-east Thailand now serves as a primary gateway on the global animal trafficking highway. It is all to do with Continue reading “The crime family at the centre of Asia’s animal trafficking network”

Sixty-five new species discovered in Vietnamese forests

Last update 17:51 | 20/12/2017

Scientists have discovered 115 new stranger species in the Greater Mekong region, one of Asia’s biodiversity hotspots, in which 65 species have been found in Vietnam, while 33 others have been discovered in Thailand, Myanmar five, Laos 15 and Cambodia has seven species.

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Tour firms may be fined for environmental offenses

Last update 11:00 | 16/12/2017

VietNamNet Bridge –  Madelon Willemsen, head of the Vietnam office of the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, said that the wildlife-related tourism activities that have been popular in the country for decades, such as elephant riding, souvenirs made of wild animal parts, the consumption of  bear bile and dishes cooked with wild animal meats, need a radical rethinking.

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Tourists ride elephants in Central Highlands Province of Dak Lak. Elephant riding will be banned as of 2018. – VNA/VNS Photo

When the 2015 version of the Vietnam’s Penal Code takes effect on the first day of 2018, tourism businesses operating programmes that exploit wildlife could be charged with new offenses, she said at a conference for sustainable tourism development held in Hue City on Wednesday.

“The charge will not only result in penalties but also harm the business’s reputation. Certainly, no one could develop sustainably with negative comments from customers,” Willemsen said. Continue reading “Tour firms may be fined for environmental offenses”

Wild animals traded via agriculture export to China

Last update 16:42 | 23/11/2017

Wild animals and their parts have been found hidden among agricultural products exported to China according to a recent report from Ministry of Finance to the government.

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Police seize a large number of ivory imported to Vietnam

The illegal trading of wild animals which mostly come from Africa is carried out by air and waterways through Laos, Cambodia to Vietnam, and then by road from Vietnam to China, the report said.

“The smugglers often hide the frozen animals or animal parts including ivory, tiger bones, or rhino horn among agricultural products being exported to China through border gates or open roads between the two countries Continue reading “Wild animals traded via agriculture export to China”

WWF report: Vietnamese, Chinese tourists blamed for wildlife trafficking

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HÀ NỘI — A major driver of the illegal wildlife trade in the Golden Triangle – the border area where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar – is tourists from Việt Nam and China.

This was one of the conclusions of a report released on Thursday by the World Wildlife Fund to highlight ten of the Most Widely Traded Endangered Species in the markets of the Golden Triangle.

The tourists are believed to travel to areas such as MongLa and Tachilek in Myanmar, and border areas such as Boten and the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Laos. Continue reading “WWF report: Vietnamese, Chinese tourists blamed for wildlife trafficking”

More than 6,000 South Africa lion skeletons exported to Southeast Asia

Lions stand by a large ruler during photo-call for the annual weigh-in at London Zoo. File picture: REUTERS/NEIL HALL

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More than 6‚000 lion skeletons have been exported from SA to Southeast Asia in the last decade. The bones come mainly from lions killed in canned hunting — animals bred in captivity and shot by paying hunters — according to research led by a University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) academic.

More than half the lion skeletons‚ skulls‚ claws and teeth exported by SA go to Laos‚ with the rest going to Vietnam and Thailand‚ says Vivienne Williams of Wits.
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Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

 
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MANILA: Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organisers said Saturday (Oct 28).

Some 34 endangered species were selected to receive heightened conservation efforts at the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) conference that just concluded in Manila. Continue reading “Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention”

Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study

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Plastic pollution, overfishing, global warming and increased acidification from burning fossil fuels means oceans are increasingly hostile to marine life

Scientists haul in samples of seawater in Svalbard, Norway. Greenpeace is working with the German marine research institute to investigate ocean acidification
Scientists haul in samples of seawater in Svalbard, Norway. Greenpeace is working with the German marine research institute to investigate ocean acidification. Photograph: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace

If the outlook for marine life was already looking bleak – torrents of plastic that can suffocate and starve fish, overfishing, diverse forms of human pollution that create dead zones, the effects of global warming which is bleaching coral reefs and threatening coldwater species – another threat is quietly adding to the toxic soup. Continue reading “Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study”

Bird watching in Thung Nham bird sanctuary

Last update 09:00 | 04/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – For those who love nature and adventurous bird watching trips, Thung Nham (Birds valley) in Ninh Binh is the best place for your experience while traveling to Hanoi. Besides watching birds, you can also explore the caves in the mountains as well as visit orchard of tropical fruits, including star fruit, mangoes, guavas and lychees.

Thung Nham (Nham Valley) eco-tourism zone is located in Hoa Lu District, 12km south of Ninh Binh City (100km from Hanoi), deep in the mountains and far from residential area. The 350ha park has been developed for tourism but still retains its natural beauty. Continue reading “Bird watching in Thung Nham bird sanctuary”

New project to preserve ancient red pine trees in Quang Ninh

Last update 11:38 | 03/10/2017

The Prime Minister has approved a project to preserve ancient red pine trees at the Yen Tu National Forest in Uong Bi city of the northern province of Quang Ninh.

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The ancient red pine trees at the Yen Tu National Forest in Quang Ninh province (Photo: http://www.laodong.vn)

The project will be implemented at a cost of about 26.26 billion VND (1.16 million USD) in 2017-2021.

The funding will be used to care for the 237 living red pine trees, upgrade infrastructure of existing nursery gardens, cultivate seedlings of the species and collect red pine trees that grow in the wild. Continue reading “New project to preserve ancient red pine trees in Quang Ninh”

Japan kills 177 whales in Pacific campaign: Government

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A Japanese whaling ship leaves the port of Shimonoseki in December 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jiji Press)

TOKYO: Japan said on Tuesday (Sep 26) it killed 177 whales off its northeast coast in an annual hunt that sparks anger among animal rights activists and others.

Three ships which left port in June returned with 43 minke whales and 134 sei whales, the number stipulated beforehand, according to the country’s fisheries agency. Continue reading “Japan kills 177 whales in Pacific campaign: Government”

Vietnamese media lauded for role in wildlife protection

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Update: September, 22/2017 – 20:38

Madelon Willemsen, head of TRAFFIC’s Việt Nam office delivers speech at World Rhino Day seminar organised by TRAFFIC and behaviour change communication company, Intelligentmedia, on Friday in Hà Nội. — VNS Photo Thanh Hải

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese media was lauded for playing an important role in promoting the protection of threatened wildlife, heard a seminar held in Hà Nội on Friday to reveal how media houses can incorporate social responsibility into their work and contribute to combatting wildlife crime. Continue reading “Vietnamese media lauded for role in wildlife protection”