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Customs officers at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Thursday seized a 50 kilogram shipment of rhino horns en route from Kenya with dubious recipient.
The illicit shipment was being transported in a suitcase aboard a plane serial numbered KQ 870/28 DEC 16 from Nairobi, Kenya to Hanoi.
There was no receiver’s name on the suspicious package.
According to the Hanoi Customs Department, authorities became aware of the shipment after collecting information regarding the flight and doing a baggage scan.
Around 7:00 pm the same day, investigators opened the suitcase to reveal what appeared to be a large number of rhino horns, totaling 50 kilograms and carrying an estimated black market value of VND20 billion (US$879,097).
The horns have been sealed to support further investigation.
In accordance with Vietnamese law, the import of rhino horns, as with all animals protected by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in prohibited.

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December 24, 2016  The dead tiger weighs as much as 120 kilograms.

Police in the central province of Ha Tinh said on Friday they found a tiger carcass in a house of a local man.
The 120kg dead tiger was stored in an ice box in the house belonging to Nguyen Van Thanh from the mountainous commune of Huong Son.
The police have seized the carcass for further investigations. 
In October, police in another central province of Nghe An also seized a tiger carcass, a tiger skin and a tiger head, which were all frozen and weighed 64 kilograms in total.
The most common use of tigers in Vietnam is to make tiger bone medicine, a form of traditional medicine used for the treatment of bone or joint-related ailments.
The tiger bones are boiled down until they form a glue-like substance, which is then dried in cake-like blocks and sold at around VND20 million ($880) per 0.1 kilogram.
However, no scientific basis in this medicine has been found, according to experts.
Locally-based conservation group Education for Nature-Vietnam estimated that from 2006 to September this year, the organization has investigated 971 cases of trading, transporting, selling and advertising tigers or tiger products. They have helped rescue 14 live tigers and confiscated 69 dead tigers.
 
 
 
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Hanoi, Viet Nam, October 2015—More than 200 freshwater turtles are currently being cared for at Soc Son Rescue Centre

and the Turtle Conservation Centre following one of Viet Nam’s biggest ever turtle seizures. The animals, including around

100 Indochinese Box Turtles Cuora mouhotii and over 30 Big-headed Turtles Platysternon megacephalum and a small number

of leaf turtles Cyclemys spp. were confiscated by Nam Tu Liem district police in Hanoi last month. The turtles were seized in two

shipments. The first took place on the evening of 21 September after a car was seen behaving suspiciously at My Dinh bus station.

A 31-year old women living in Hanoi was found with suitcases containing Indochinese Box Turtles and other species. She said she

had bought the animals from a 32-year old woman from Ha Tinh province the previous day.

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On 16th – 17th , December 2014, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife staff has trained for 40 Army Border and Customers at Cha Lo border gate of Quang Binh province which is organised by Quang Binh Finance Department and Natural Conservation and Sustainable National Resource Management in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park project. The trainees were provided the information on threats and conservation of Carnivores and Pangolins, wildlife identification, handling and care for confiscated carnivores and pangolins. We also highlighted the important of pangolin and Owston’s civet conservation by introducing and distributing the Owston’s civet poster and calendars and the Pangolin Information Factsheet to all people at the training course. It hopes to contribute for carnivore and pangolin conservation in Vietnam (following savevietnamswildlife)

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