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Officials from Domestic Ivory Control Subdivision of the Division of Wild Fauna and Flora Protection, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, inspected 3 Bangkok shops for confirmation on the condition of the shops’ registered ivory. On February 21, 2017, the inspection took place at the “Silver & Leather” shop in Tawanna Market, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok (Thailand). On the next day (February 22, 2017), Domestic Ivory Control Subdivision officials cooperated alongside local authorities in inspecting the Toh Plue Antique shop (located in room g113 of JJ Mall, Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak Market, Bangkok) followed by a separate inspection by the subdivision at the nearby Nai Huat Shop in Chatuchak Plaza.
In all cases of inspection, the inspected pieces of ivory were confirmed to be authentic according to the registered ivory database. Additionally, no suspicious activities were found onsite at all locations. These inspections were part of Thailand’s National Ivory Action Plan.

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On February 10, 2017, Chong Chom Wildlife Checkpoint (Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation) continued enforcement efforts at the Chong Chom Joint Border Crossing Points, Surin Province (Thailand-Cambodia border). Between 8 – 10 February, 2017, the checkpoint collaborated with the 1st Ivory Inspection Unit of Protected Area Administration Office  9 (Ubon Ratchathani) in the inspection of 21 ivory shops around the area of Krapho Sub-district, Tha Tum District, Surin Province. No irregularities or violations of the laws were found during the inspection of the ivory dealers.

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On February 10, 2017, Officials of Hat Yai International Airport Wildlife Checkpoint and Songkhla Wildlife Checkpoint (Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation: DNP) came together to work with officers from Protected Area Administration Regional Office 6 (Songkhla) in collecting blood samples of domesticated elephants for DNA identification at Mueang District, Songkhla Province, southern Thailand. The blood collection was done on 3 elephants. Afterward, officials exchanged information with the local Phatthalung Province government police officials to exercise vigilance for illegal wildlife trafficking, especially pangolins. The operation as a whole was undertaken to strengthen and ensure continued cooperation between units.

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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 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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