Toliara, Madagascar, 30 September—Ten or more zebu carts filled with around 100 terrestrial tortoises each are leaving the Mahafaly Plateau in south Madagascar every week, according to a survey conducted by WWF staff.
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Bangkok, Thailand, 27th September 2010—In yet another important ivory seizure at Suvarnabhumi International Airport this year, Customs officers have apprehended 90 kilogrammes of ivory from a passenger attempting to smuggle it into the country packed inside four large pieces of luggage.
Jakarta, Indonesia, 21st September 2010—two Wildlife Trade Regulation Courses are taking place this week in Indonesia for staff at airports and seaports to enhance their capacity to stop illegal wildlife trafficking.
Thousands of passengers and tonnes of cargo pass through Southeast Asia’s seaports and airports every day. While most of this movement of goods is legal, wildlife traffickers and organized criminal syndicates increasingly use the region’s ports for illegal wildlife trade.
Update: On 20th September, South Africa police arrested 9 people, including 2 veterinarians, for their alleged role in a rhino poaching syndicate. Those arrested are due to appear in court on Wednesday.
Update: On 5th October 2010, a UK resident was jailed for 12 months following his attempt to smuggle rhino horn through Manchester Airport. The jailed man was en route to China, when the horn was discovered hidden in the false base of a sculpture. The horns had originated from a deceased animal that lived in Chester zoo.
20th September 2010—the unprecedented surge in rhino poaching in southern Africa is leading to a variety of responses to the crisis worldwide.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, September 2010—On 15th September, Hanoi Environmental Police, in conjunction with relevant authorities, uncovered a wildlife bone trade network operated by a couple at their home in Ha Noi’s Hoang Mai district.
In total, authorities confiscated nearly 900 kg of animal bones from four different locations.
14th September 2010–Representatives from Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and UN bodies meeting in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) have agreed an international conservation pact for the migratory Saiga Antelope Saiga tatarica.