—A German national has been arrested at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in possession of eight Earless Monitor Lizards concealed on his body as he attempted to smuggle them out of Jakarta, Indonesia. One of the lizards had already perished.
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Antananarivo, Madagascar, October 2015—On 29th September, Malagasy Customs and border police officials scanning luggage discovered a staggering 771 wild native tortoises concealed in two wooden boxes at Antananarivo’s Ivato International Airport.
Philippines, 16th July 2015—Paradoxically, the successful hatching of a fertile Palawan Forest Turtle Siebenrockiella leytensis egg provides further evidence that wildlife traffickers are making bogus claims about captive-breeding of reptiles, according to TRAFFIC, Katala Foundation Inc. (KFI) and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Puerto Princesa, Philippines, 24th June 2015—Over 4,400 freshwater turtles, the majority of them Critically Endangered Palawan Forest Turtles Siebenrockiella leytensis , were seized last week in southern Palawan, Philippines.
Beihai, Guangxi, China, 10th March 2015—Illegal trade in marine turtles in Beihai has fallen dramatically following a suit of measures including a concerted enforcement clampdown, finds monitoring of the city’s markets by TRAFFIC.
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 2nd February 2015—A recent spate of poaching and smuggling of Palawan Forest Turtles is causing serious conservation concern and driving this Critically Endangered species found only on the Philippine island of Palawan ever closer towards extinction.
UPDATE: Just days after more than 2,350 Pig-nosed Turtles were seized in Jakarta, another 5,284 have been seized in Bali.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22nd January 2015—Authorities in Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport have foiled a bid to smuggle an astonishing 2,350 Pig-nosed Turtles out of Indonesia this week, highlighting the continuing pressure on a species sought after for its rarity and exotic looks.
Cambridge, UK, 4th December 2014—A new study shows that Bangkok’s Chatuchak market—one of Southeast Asia’s largest wild pet trading centres—has been home to a sustained and illegal trade in highly threatened tortoises and freshwater turtles with consequences far beyond its borders.