Vietnam and South Africa sign biodiversity action plan

The fight against the illegal wildlife trade took another step forward in Pretoria on Monday, as Vietnam and South Africa signed an action plan to implement a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on biodiversity conservation and protection.

2Kg of suspected rhino horn seized at Hanoi airport

Vietnamese customs officers have transferred three people to police custody after finding 2.15Kg of suspected rhino horn hidden in their luggage. This finding comes three days after more than 7Kg of rhino horns were seized at the Ho Chi Minh City airport. 

Hawksbill sea turtle crime case finally closed

After two years of chasing, the case of 102 critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate) that were confiscated in Binh Dinh province (southern Vietnam) back in 2011 has finally closed, with both good and bad outcomes.

Facts and Fiction: the Rhino Horn Trade

  We’d like to share this great new fact sheet which provides an overview of the rhino poaching crisis, and supply and demand issues. It was published by the African Conservation Foundation, IUCN NL and the Environmental Investigation Agency (UK).  

ENV’s University Program Spreads the Word

  This week the ENV mobile unit went to Hanoi University of Social Science and Humanities to hold a wildlife trade seminar. Nearly 100 students and lecturers attended the event, giving youngsters and elders alike the opportunity to discuss illegal wildlife trade issues in Vietnam, and what they can do to stop it.  

ENV’s hotline helps free macaque

  On April 18, the ENV Wildlife Crime Hotline received a call from a volunteer reporting a macaque being kept in a store in Nghe An province (central Vietnam). ENV’s wildlife crime unit contacted the Quy Chau district FPD, who responded immediately, seizing a mature Stump-tailed macaque.  

Speedy macaque rescue!

On Tuesday April 16th, an ENV staff member informed the Wildlife Crime Unit that a Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) was being illegally held in a restaurant in Cao Bang province (northern Vietnam). The monkey was confined in the restaurant’s warehouse and constrained by a chain around its neck.