Singapore, 16th December 2013– Conservation organizations fighting to save one of the world’s most threatened tortoises from poachers have resorted to a drastic measure—engraving identification codes onto the animals’ shells to reduce their black market value.
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Bangkok, Thailand, 10th December 2013—Royal Thai Customs today seized a bag containing 62 highly threatened Radiated Tortoises Astrochelys radiata and arrested a Malagasy national at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Royal Thai Customs intercept three attempts to smuggle tortoise and freshwater turtle in less than a week
Bangkok, Thailand, 8th November, 2013—Thailand continues to be a major hub for the illegal trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles – but Royal Thai Customs are taking action. This week alone, three smuggling attempts have been thwarted, all arriving at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Moscow, Russia, 17th July 2013—Acting on a tip-off, Russian authorities closed down a “crocodile farm” on 10th July and seized more than 130 crocodiles plus other reptiles on suspicion they may have been smuggled into the country, according to a statement issued by Moscow’s Environment Conservation Department.
Cambridge, UK, 14th June 2013—Wild plants and animals important to people’s livelihoods in East Africa’s Albertine Rift region are at risk from climate change, finds a new joint TRAFFIC/IUCN study.
Vital but vulnerable: climate change vulnerability and human use of wildlife in Africa’s Albertine Rift includes a comprehensive assessment of 2,358 wild animal and plant species and finds that 33 plant, 25 reptile, 24 mammal, 19 freshwater fish, 17 bird and 14 amphibian species are both important for use by people and vulnerable to climate change.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 11th April 2013—A new TRAFFIC report finds that millions of Tokay Geckos are being harvested from the wild to supply the traditional medicine (TM) trade in East Asia. At the same time, the trade in Tokay Geckos for Novel Medicinal Claims (NMCs), including as a supposed cure for AIDS, has declined markedly.