Tusk thieves threaten Vietnam’s fast dwindling domesticated elephants

Several mahouts have been taking turns to look after a 20-year-old male elephant around the clock since it had a tusk almost cut off by some thieves on 14 July. “We used to be worried about elephants accidentally getting caught in traps set by poachers in ...

Anti-dredging activists refuse to meet with government

Activists have continued their campaign to drive out sand dredging companies from Koh Kong province’s Botum Sakor district, refusing a meeting with local authorities and instead holding a 100-strong protest outside the district hall. Keep reading ...

Protecting biodiversity: Transparency a major concern in maintaining Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake is one of Myanmar’s natural beauties and a tourist draw. But the ecological situation of the lake is deteriorating at a dramatic rate due to the run-off from the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, deforestation and climate change. The lake is an important ...

18,000 trees to be felled for new tourist road through Vietnam mangrove forest

Ho Chi Minh City has approved a plan to build a new road through Can Gio Mangrove Forest, a biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO, in a bid to attract more tourists.  The road will be 17 meters wide and run 3.5 kilometers, which means 18,600 trees ...

Irrawaddy dolphin carcass washes ashore in Rayong

An Irrawaddy dolphin carcass was found on a Rayong beach on 14 July. Keep reading ...

Minister urges move toward sustainable seafood sector

Vietnam’s Agriculture Minister Cao Duc Phat said yesterday that localities nationwide need to step up efforts to ensure sustainable aquaculture, especially of key products like shrimp and tra fish. Addressing a conference held in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Bac Lieu to review two ...

One man's quest to save the most colossal fishes on earth

Zeb Hogan has been funded by National Geographic to research giant freshwater fish.  “After working on this for about 10 years,” he says, “it turns out that there are about 30 species of freshwater fish that can get over 6 feet long or weigh more than ...

Thai customs seize 511 pieces of elephant ivory destined for Laos

More than three tonnes of elephant ivory have been found at a Thai port stashed in a container shipped from Kenya, customs said on Monday, the second huge haul of tusks from Africa in less than a week. The discovery, which would be worth millions of ...

Tiger meat and bear paws on menu for Chinese tourists in Laos, says report

A resort complex in northwest Laos targeting Chinese visitors has become a “lawless playground” for the trade in illegal wildlife ranging from tiger meat to bear paws, an advocacy group has said. Customers “can openly buy endangered species products” in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone on ...

Road could affect future tiger habitat

Cambodia’s recently approved road project leading to the border with Vietnam in Mondulkiri would do irreversible damage to the province’s protected forest and threaten future attempts to reintroduce tigers to the Kingdom, according to the World Wildlife Fund. In a statement released yesterday, the group said ...

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