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On February 8, 2017,  Laem Chabang Wildlife Checkpoint (Chonburi Province) ran public relation efforts via given out campaign signs around hotspots such as the Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm and Changthai Thappraya Safari in Bang Lamung District, Chonburi Province, eastern Thailand. The public relation operations went towards informing the public and tourists who visited the local attractions about the illegal trafficking of wildlife and ivory (according to government law and CITES).

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On February 1, 2017, Thai officials of Forest Protection Unit 1 (Surin) worked with Sangkha District Administration, police officials of Sangkha Police Station, and Banasanuan Intersection Forest Operation Unit in seizing 1 chainsaw and 3 rosewood logs at around 0.62 square meters.  No suspect was found at the site. The wrongdoing occurred on the farmland of a local resident in Khon Taek sub-district, Sangkha district, Surin Province (Thai-Cambodia border). The case and portion of the evidence was sent to the investigative officials at Sangkha Police Station for further legal actions while the rosewood was deposited for safekeeping at the office of Forest Protection Unit 1 (Surin).

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Officials from Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation; Customs Department; and Royal Thai Police worked together in the seizures of Congo-originated Pangolin scales at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand. The 3 separate Pangolin scales cases, collectively weighing at 2.9 tons, are predicted to have a net worth of around 130 million Baht (3.7 million US dollars) in market price of their destination at Lao PDR (at 45,000 Baht or around 1,300 US dollars per kilograms).

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On January 25, 2017, Chong Chom Wildlife Checkpoint (Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation: DNP) , Surin Fish Inspection Office (Department of Fisheries), Huai Thap Than-Huai Samran Wildlife Sanctuary (DNP), Surin Forest Preservation Unit 4 (Royal Forest Department: RFD), Surin Animal Quarantine Center (Department of Livestock Development), Kap Choeng District Office (Surin Province), Surin Special Operation Task Force (Royal Thai Police), Surin Police Station (Surin Province), Suranaree K-9  (Royal Thai Army), totaling 8 units (32 officers), committed in a joint inspection of Chong Chom Market, a Thai-Cambodia Border Trade Market at Dan Sub-district, Kap Choeng District, Surin Province. 

The operation inspected 13 souvenir shops, 4 woodworks shops, and an unspecified number of stores selling standard wares. The operation was acted out in accordance with the DNP’s document (Number 0904.301/6861 dated April 5, 2016: Wildlife Crime Prevention and Enforcement) as well as other legislatures.

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On January 25, 2017, officials of Sadao Wildlife Checkpoint collaborated with officials from Wildlife Conservation Division (Protected Areas Administration Office 6, Songkhla), Livestock Development, and Provincial Administration Office in collecting elephant blood samples for DNA inspections. The operation was done in accordance to Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order’s (Number 60/2016 dated September 28, 2016). The samples were collected from 4 elephants around Ban Chang Hai Buddhist Temple in Khlong Kwang Sub-district, Na Thawi District, Songkhla Province. The checkpoint then also participated in a joint staff meeting between government and private sectors at   Admin Office Building, Ban Prakob Customs House, Songkhla Province.

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