On June 10th a volunteer contacted ENV’s Wildlife Crime Unit to report a macaque tied a tree on Hoa Son 4 Street in Da Nang City.
The Long-tailed macaques from Phu Quoc District
ENV immediately transferred the information to the Da Nang Forest Protection Department (FPD). The police searched the street several times, but were unable to locate the reported monkey or determine who the illegal owner was. On June 22nd, during another search of the street, the FPD succeeded in locating a Stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides) tied to a tree. The animal was confiscated and released into the nature of Son Tra Island.
On June 14th ENV was contacted by a foreign tourist reporting a macaque kept at a hotel in Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang province, southern Vietnam. Using information provided by ENV, the Phu Quoc District FPD searched the hotel premises and seized two Long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). The monkeys were released in Phu Quoc National on June 26th.
ENV is gladdened by the monkeys’ liberation, but regret that the FPD failed to punish the lawbreakers.