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Monday
Dec 16 2013

World's rarest tortoise loses face value

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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Tuesday
Dec 10 2013

Rare Malagasy tortoises turn up in luggage seized in Bangkok

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.

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Tuesday
Nov 12 2013

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.

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Thursday
Jul 18 2013

“Crocodile farm” seizure signals implementation of strengthened Russian legislation

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.

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Friday
Jun 14 2013

*Climate change threatens human livelihoods and wildlife resources

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.

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Thursday
Apr 11 2013

AIDS cure rumours short-lived: Tokay Geckos mainly traded for traditional medicine, finds new study

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.

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Monday
Apr 08 2013

Marine turtle trade highlighted as Hainan launches Year of Aquatic Wildlife Conservation 2013

in Chinese

Hainan, China, April 2013—In support of Hainan Province’s annual initiative on aquatic wildlife conservation, TRAFFIC has urged stakeholders to continue their efforts to prevent illegal trade in marine turtles and other aquatic species.

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Tuesday
Mar 26 2013

Engaging China’s youth in protecting marine turtles

in Chinese

Guangxi, China, March 2013—TRAFFIC has taken steps to engage the next generation of Chinese society in a campaign focused on preventing illegal trade of marine turtle products in Guangxi Province, bordering Viet Nam.

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