Jakarta, Indonesia, 4th December 2015–Wildlife authorities in East Java yesterday seized hundreds of plastic baskets crammed with 2,711 live native birds of various species from a passenger ship docked in the port of Tanjung Perak in Surabaya.
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Bangkok, Thailand, 12 th November 2015– After a lengthy wait in Thailand, 14 smuggled orangutans finally left for home in Indonesia today.
The orangutans which were rescued from the illegal trade and have been cared for by Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) for the last five years. Today the 12 orangutans and two offspring born in captivity received a high level send off at the Don Mueang Military Airport.
Cambridge, UK, 30th October 2015—The October issue of the TRAFFIC Bulletin
, our flagship journal has been published and features a number of papers highlighting the emerging online trade in wildlife.
One paper demonstrates that although the availability of Indian Star Tortoises in pet and aquarium shops in Malaysia has dropped drastically over the past decade, likely owing to greater enforcement efforts and increased public awareness of the illegality of such trade, the threat of illegal trade persists as the trade shifts online.
Kuching, Sarawak, October 2015—Participants from around the world came together for a week-long dialogue at the Asia for Animals Conference recently. Themed “Partnerships Breed Success”, this year’s event saw over 300 people from across 25 countries, the majority from the Asian region, discussing and sharing ideas on how Asia can transform the way animals, both wild and domestic, are viewed, managed and protected.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20th October 2015—Two Sumatran Orangutans seized in July this year arrived safely back in Indonesia today. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN) announced their forthcoming repatriation at a press conference yesterday and the animals are now at the Sumatran Orang Utan Conservation Programme’s Quarantine Centre in Medan, North Sumatra.
—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.
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.
Singapore, 2nd October 2015—Experts meeting at Asia’s first Songbird Trade Crisis Summit are calling on Asian governments to bring about an immediate end to the illegal and unsustainable trade that is decimating the region’s wild bird populations.