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Twenty-two Sunda pangolins rescued in Ninh Binh

Update: June, 21/2016 - 16:30
An officer from Save Vietnam’s Wildlife helps transfer pangolins to the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Programme. The pangolins were being illegally transported from central Huế City to the northern provinces for sale. – Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Forest wardens in the northern province of Ninh Bình have handed over 22 Sunda pangolins to the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Programme, according to the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife organisation.

The Sunda pangolin is also known as the Malayan or Java pangolin. 

Police in Ninh Bình Province on Monday arrested two men and a woman, who were illegally transporting the pangolins by train from Huế City in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế to the northern localities for sale.

The pangolins, weighing a total of 91kg, were in poor health as they had been put in tight reticules without food and water for a long period.

Some could not eat even after being rescued. The Sunda pangolin is listed as an endangered species in Việt Nam’s Red Book.

The wild population has steadily decreased due to illegal hunting and trading for meat and traditional medicines. 

The Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Programme is a joint initiative by Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, a non-profit organisation focusing on protecting and increasing the population of threatened wildlife in Việt Nam, and the Cúc Phương National Park in Ninh Binh. – VNS


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