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.
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.
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.
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.
- COBRA initiative enhances partnership in fighting transnational wildlife crime
- Rhino conservation messages spread all over Da Nang city, Viet Nam
- The seizure of African elephant tusks, 739 pieces, total weight 4,000 kilograms valued at 200 million baht (six million US Dollars) by the Royal Thai Customs
- ARF Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking