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The impacts of haze on Southeast Asia’s wildlife

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For several months until very recently, a gray pall of haze hung over Singapore, a result of uncontrolledwildfires and peat

land hotspots in neighboring Indonesia. And as Anuj Jain from the National Universityof Singapore (NUS) conducted his

research on tropical butterfly conservation in the city state’s forests andparks, he noticed something wrong: less of the

insects were fluttering around. In addition, animal activity asa whole had dropped markedly.Jain was not alone in his

observations. Singapore’s captive birds were singingless, and researchers in a rooftop garden study observed lower bird

activity on smoky days. But besides thesesuperficial observations nobody could be truly sure how living organisms and the

larger ecosystem were beingaffected by the toxic haze.

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Tokay Gecko captive breeding doesn’t add up

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Jakarta, Indonesia, 6th November 2015

A new TRAFFIC report questions the viability of captive-breeding operations given the go-ahead to produce millions of live

Tokay Geckos a year for export from Indonesia. According to a report, it would currently be impracticable to produce such

numbers from existing captive breeding operations. The geckos would inevitably end up being sourced from the wild in order

to fill up the yearly quota.Tokay Geckos have been traded for use in traditional medicine for centuries throughout Asia, but

experienced a sudden and massive surge in demand in 2009 following rumours they could cure HIV/AIDS. The World Health

Organization has since issued statements denying this claim. The species is also popularly kept as a pet.


The Repatriation Ceremony of 14 Orangutans back to Indonesia by the Government of Thailand and the Government of Indonesia.

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The Repatriation Ceremony of 14 Orangutans back to Indonesia

by the Government of Thailand and the Government of Indonesia.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation has taken under its wings, several

orangutans from wildlife trafficking cases, where they are taken care of at Khao Prathab Chang Wildlife

and Breeding Station at Ratchaburi Province. Indonesia has expressed their intention to have the seized

orangutans be sent back to their origin but due to the regulations of Thailand at the time, in which all

seized property that has no clear violator and ownership must first wait for a period of five years before

they can become legal possession of the country, after which the procedure to send them back can officially begin.

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Seizure of highly threatened turtles highlights ongoing threat of illegal trade

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Hanoi, Viet Nam, October 2015—More than 200 freshwater turtles are currently being cared for at Soc Son Rescue Centre

and the Turtle Conservation Centre following one of Viet Nam’s biggest ever turtle seizures. The animals, including around

100 Indochinese Box Turtles Cuora mouhotii and over 30 Big-headed Turtles Platysternon megacephalum and a small number

of leaf turtles Cyclemys spp. were confiscated by Nam Tu Liem district police in Hanoi last month. The turtles were seized in two

shipments. The first took place on the evening of 21 September after a car was seen behaving suspiciously at My Dinh bus station.

A 31-year old women living in Hanoi was found with suitcases containing Indochinese Box Turtles and other species. She said she

had bought the animals from a 32-year old woman from Ha Tinh province the previous day.

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