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Twenty-five endangered shark species released into sea

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Twenty-five endangered shark species released into sea

QĐND – Sunday, August 08, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

The Vinpearl Land Tourism Joint Stock Company on August 8 released 25 brownbanded bamboo sharks into the sea near the Hon Tre island, the central coastal Nha Trang Bay of Khanh Hoa province in a move to protect the biodiversity of the bay.

This is one of three shark species that were grown up at the Vinpearl aquarium.

The species, scientifically known as Chiloscyllium punctatum, is in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Malaysia seizes endangered reptiles: reports

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 8:47 am

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16, 2010 (AFP) – Malaysian officials seized hundreds of endangered radiated tortoises, tomato frogs and chameleons days after a major wildlife bust of thousands of rare birds, reports said Friday.

Customs officials at the Kuala Lumpur international airport found the wildlife in the hand luggage of two Madagascan women, the Star daily reported.

Wildlife and National Parks department head Abdul Rasid Samsuddin told the paper they found 369 radiated tortoises, five Madagascar tortoises, 47 tomato frogs and several chameleons.

“The tortoises were bound with masking tape to prevent them from moving, while the chameleons were stuffed into socks to prevent detection,” he told the Star, adding that the animals were worth 250,000 ringgit (78,000 dollars).

Malaysian police stumbled across a massive haul of endangered wildlife, including a pair of valuable birds of paradise, as they raided a warehouse of stolen cars on Wednesday.

More than 20 protected species were found in the “mini zoo” in the capital’s suburbs.

Source: SGGP

Centre looks to save endangered river life

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 1:06 am

Centre looks to save endangered river life

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:55 (GMT+7)

The National Breeding Centre for Freshwater Aquaculture in the Southern Region is trying to save some endemic species in the Cuu Long (Mekong) River that face the threat of extinction.

Pham Van Khanh, its director, said following research into the biology and reproduction of many freshwater fish species, the centre has innovated nearly 30 techniques to breed fishes.

It has also drawn up breeding standards for various freshwater fishes for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The centre has developed a programme to sustain the gene pools of various species of freshwater creatures and conserved around 20 species of high-value freshwater fish, which used to be commonly brought up in the Mekong Delta.

It has developed a technology to store frozen sperm from fish like “tra co”, “ho” and carp and successfully reproduced the “ho” and “tra soc”, two endemic species in the delta that face a high risk of extinction. The centre has cooperated with several domestic and international organisations for programmes to develop freshwater aquaculture in the region.

It produces 20 – 40 million fish fries every year, including those of the ho. Besides, it has imported and domesticated three Indian fish species since 1984.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Endangered Javan rhino killed by poachers

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 8:47 am

A Javan rhino, one of the world’s rarest large mammals, has been found shot dead by poachers in Cat Tien National park, WWF Vietnam said on May 10.

Javan rhino skull found on April 29 in Cat Tien National Park, southern province of Dong Nai. (Photo:WWF)

Local people first reported finding the carcass with its horn chopped off on April 29, said Huynh Tien Dung, National Policy Coordinator of WWF Vietnam.

A National Park forest patrol team from the southern province of Dong Nai was immediately deployed to the site, where they confirmed the dead animal was a Javan rhino.

WWF (World Wildlife Fund) will send samples taken from the dead rhino to Queen’s University in Canada for analysis to see if the DNA of the dead rhino matches any of the dung samples taken during a recent population status survey, said Dung.

No one knows exactly how many Javan rhinos remain in the world, but estimates range from 40 to 60 animals, with possibly ten existing in Cat Tien National Park, 170 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City in Dong Nai Province.

The WWF is now asking the Vietnam government to launch a criminal investigation into the rhino’s death. The species is legally protected in Vietnam, where punishments for killing endangered species can include fines or prison sentences.

WWF researchers worked with Vietnam forest managers using two professional dogs from United States to track of the Vietnamese Javan rhinoceros in local forests in November last year.

Cat Tien National Park is home to many rare fauna and flora, a plentiful site for scientists, and domestic and foreign tourists.

The park is part of a wet tropical forest complex whose biodiversity has been recognized by WWF as one of 200 global ecological zones. In 2001 Cat Tien National Park was listed by UNESCO as the world’s 411th biosphere Reserve Zone.

Source: SGGP

Young researchers save endangered monkey

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:17 am

Young researchers save endangered monkey

QĐND – Sunday, May 02, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

Eight young scientists have devoted themselves to rescuing an endangered species of monkey in Kon Ka Kinh National Park in Gia Lai Province.

The gray-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix cinerea) is native to the central provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh, and the Central Highlands provinces of Kon Tum and Gia Lai.

According to people living in villages near the park, the park used to be filled with the animals until a few decades ago.

But their numbers and that of other animals began to shrink in the 1990s due to poaching.

“When I went to the villages at the foot of Kon Ka Kinh Mountain, I saw animal skulls hanging in nearly every house as a symbol of bravery and hunting ability,” Ha Thang Long, a biologist at the Endangered Primate Rescue Center in Ninh Binh Province’s Cuc Phuong National Park, said.

At that time, Long was studying the gray-shanked douc langur in central Vietnam to make recommendations for establishing species protection areas to promote connectivity between isolated populations of the animal in parks and reserves.

“I could see the skulls of grey-shanked doucs that had been shot through their heads; one family had a collection of dozens of skulls,” he said.

They had been killed using traps, guns, and crossbows and by 2004 the animal’s population had dwindled to just around 100, he said.

The same year Long decided to research the distribution of Vietnam’s endemic primate in the 3,000-hectare KonKaKinhNational Park and its buffer zone.

The project, titled “Distribution, population and conservation status of the grey-shanked douc (Pygathrix cinerea) in GiaLaiProvince, Central Highlands of Vietnam” was also the subject of his master’s thesis.

He found that the animal lived in both places and up to an elevation of 1,400 meters.

DNA analysis showed that the langurs living in Kon Ka Kinh were genetically close to the populations found in Ba To in the central QuangNgaiProvince.

The conservation of the animal was hampered by logging activities in an area which was supposed to be a corridor between two protected forests, the research showed.

Long teamed up with seven other researchers, most of them students or fresh graduates, persuading them to leave their cities and go into the forests to save the lives of the endangered langurs.

Tran Huu Vy was the first researcher to arrive at the park. He said he was lucky to know Long as a final year biology student and was talked into joining the team.

Researchers’ work

The researchers took turn to go to villages and persuade people not to hunt the langurs. They struck up close friendships with former hunters, who even became their forest guides.

The hunters, who knew the forests like the back of their palms, helped the researchers find the fruits from tall trees that the langurs usually ate to take back samples.

They also helped the researchers by carrying equipment up mountains and making their tents.

The villagers gradually aware of the endangered status of the grey-shanked douc langurs and stopped hunting them even when they saw the animals wandering on their fields, foraging for food.

The researchers say the monkey’s population has recovered to 250.

The only woman in the research team is Nguyen Thi Tinh, a 27-year-old who can tell the character of every douc she has observed. She graduated from the DanangPedagogyUniversity four years ago but decided to pack her bags and go into the forests.

None of the researchers can say what their exact designation is: they say the most important thing is that the grey-shanked douc langur is back from the brink of extinction.

Tran Huu Vy, the chief researcher, says he has worked there for four years, but his heart still jumps every time he hears a langur.

A long-term study is currently under way in GiaLaiProvince as a part of Germany’s Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Vietnam Primate Conservation Program.

The Frankfurt Zoological Society also works with the EndangeredPrimateRescueCenter which has an ongoing Captive Breeding program.

Source: vietnewsonline

Source: QDND

Panacea seekers chop down endangered trees

In Vietnam Society on November 23, 2009 at 10:16 am

Rumors that trees known as Chinese Swamp Cypress can treat all diseases, including cancer, have led local residents in the Central Highlands province of Dac Lac rushing to chop down forests in search of the alleged cure-all.

All Chinese Swamp Cypress trees in Dac Lac Province’s Trap K’Sor forest are numbered. Illegal loggers seek out the endangered trees believing them to be a cure-all for diseases. (Photo: SGGP)

In addition to its rumored disease-curing properties, Chinese Swamp Cypress (Glyptostrobus pensilis) is also sought after for its sturdy wood and beautiful red-brown color.

The trees, however, are no longer reproducing and are listed in the Vietnam Red Book of endangered species.

Chinese Swamp Cypress are located in Ea Ral and Trap K’Sor forests of Ea H’Leo and Krong Nang Districts respectively. They are the two last known areas where the species grows in the world, with only around 280 trees left in total. 

Nguyen Van Kiem, head of the Krong Nang District forest management station, said that the rumor started after a TV game show aired on June 5, 2009, which featured a question about a type of tree able to treat all diseases. The answer provided by the host was the Chinese Swamp Cypress.

A day after the program aired, hundreds of residents in Krong Nang District rushed to Trap K’Sor forest searching out the precious trees.

The forest management station was forced to ask police to intervene and the residents were ordered not to cut down the wood. 

However, the station has since reported 16 cases where trees were found chopped down, totaling 43 cubic meters of wood.

Twelve more cases involving 15 people illegally exploiting and trading the precious wood at Ea Ral, have also been reported.

Dac Lac Province has now set up two stations to protect the trees at Trap K’Sor and Ea Ral, however, the work has met with many difficulties due to a lack of financial and human resources.

Trap K’Sor station has just three staff to protect 29 trees, which are scattered over 51.6 hectares of thick forest and swamps.

The Ea H’Leo District forest management station has asked the Dac Lac Province Forest Management Sub-Department to establish a Chinese Swamp Cypress biological area, but it has yet to be approved.

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Phu Yen authorities free endangered turtle

In Vietnam Environment on September 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Phu Yen Province’s aquatic authorities released an endangered green turtle back into the sea on September 24, a few days after it was caught by fishermen when it strayed into a cage they were using to breed fish and shrimp.

The 120 kilogram green turtle is released into the sea in Phu Yen Sep. 24 (Photo: VNA)

Nguyen Ngoc Son, 42, of Tuy Hoa City had bought the 120 kg, 1.4 meter long animal from the fishermen and put it in a glass tank at home, thinking it was about to lay eggs. But when it did not, he decided to inform the authorities for releasing it back into the sea.

The central province’s Sub-Department for Aquatic Resources Protection took possession of the reptile and released it into the sea.

This green turtle species is listed in the Red Book.

Source: SGGP

Province releases endangered turtles back into sea

In Vietnam Environment on September 21, 2009 at 7:50 am

The Phong Nha – Ke Bang Center for Scientific Research and Rescue, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, released nine endangered sea turtles back into the sea on Friday.

Flowerback Box Turtle (top) (Photo: SGGP)

Among them were eight Jagged Shells (Pyxidea mouhotii) and one Flowerback Box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons bourreti). Both kinds of turtles appear on the list in Vietnam’s Red Book.

The turtles were seized by the Environmental Police when they were illegally traded on the market in Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province.

On the same day, the center also transferred 25 Stripe Neck Leaf turtles (Geoemydas tcheponensis) to the Turtle Conservation Center at Cuc Phuong National Park.

Such turtles originally come from Cambodia and Laos. They were also found by the Environmental Police in Minh Hoa District. 

Source: SGGP

More wild fauna and flora species listed as endangered

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Vietnam’s endangered wild flora and fauna species listed in the newly released Vietnam Red Book number up to 882 compared to 725 announced in the 1992-96 Red Book.

The Vietnam Red Book 2007, launched by the Vietnam Scientific and Technological Institute and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on June 26, updates the latest data of Vietnam ’s flora and fauna preservation.

Prof. Dr. Dang Ngoc Thanh, who led the compilation of the Red Book 2007, said the book reveals an alarming reality of the country’s natural resources with the increasing number of endangered species and the dangerous levels.

According to him, the new Red Book now has listed several species believed to be extinct, the highest level that was not seen in the previous publications. A great deal of species listed as vulnerable now become endangered.

There are some species that are thought to be extinct in Vietnam are still living in neighbouring countries, such as grey ox, two-horn rhino, and tapir.

The book also gives good news, that some endangered species are recovering thanks to Vietnam ’s preservation efforts, such as deer, white-headed langur, some species of pheasants, python and crocodile.

Dr. Vu Van Trieu, IUCN Representative in Vietnam, said the Red Book 2007 is a good contribution to the assessment of Vietnam’s biodiversity and the forecast of development trend in the future, serving as a basis for the completion and implementation of the Law on Biodiversity in Vietnam.