Aug 272015


Press release

14 orangutans to be repatriated from Thailand to Indonesia.


Over the last 48 hours many stories have been posted by several media outlets on the repatriation of 14 orangutans that were smuggled into Thailand in 2007 and 2008. The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand wishes to respond to some errors in news stories and to reply to some concerns issued by wildlife conservation organizations and public zoos.

The history:
One of the 14 orangutans “Fook” was found by Edwin Wiek of the WFFT in 2007 in a private zoo resort called “Kaengpheka” in Chumporn Province. After weeks of pushing authorities to have her confiscated she was taken away from the zoo, but the owner was not charged with illegal wildlife possession. In late 2008 twelve more orangutans were found by Edwin Wiek, this time at the “Phuket Crocodile Farm and Tiger Zoo” on Phuket island. An official complaint was send (see attachment) to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNP) in December 2008, but no action was taken until a repeat complaint was send in early February 2009. Within days after this complaint was send, with copies to the Nation Newspaper, the head of wildlife conservation of region 5 (South Thailand) Mr Vitthaya, called Edwin Wiek and told him he confiscated 12 orangutans from the accused Phuket zoo.

Edwin Wiek asked right after the arrest and confiscation for a copy of the police report, but after 4 weeks waiting and not seeing anything, went to visit the commander of Phuket province police, asking for more details. Edwin was then informed that there was not police report, legal case or investigation ongoing. The police was not aware of any crime.

After confronting Mr Vitthaya by phone, he confessed that he did not wish to charge the zoo owners with illegal possession of the orangutans as they were “influential people” and he considered the crime not really a serious issue. He further noted that he officially declared to his superiors in Bangkok that the 12 orangutans were found in cages along the highway instead, without knowing the owner(s). The orangutans were transported to the wildlife breeding centre of the DNP in Ratchaburi province in the second week of 2009, to be kept there awaiting further steps, obviously not a legal process.

The WFFT has campaigned over the last few years for the start of legal proceedings against the owners of the zoo, for the following reasons;
1. A conviction by the court would have sped up the repatriation by many years, and would reduce the costs of care. An early return of the orangutans would have given them a decent chance to be released back to the wild in Indonesia. After 6 years of capture most of them are now too old.
2. The owners could, once convicted, be not only punished for their crime but also held responsible for all cost arisen from confiscation, care and repatriation in a civil court case.
3. WFFT believes that all cases of poaching, smuggling, trade and possession of protected wildlife should be taken to court as stipulated by Thai law and international treaties such as CITES. Neglect of the law will only result in increase of protected wildlife crimes.
4. The apes ending up in commercial zoos would have been inevitable if they would not be send back home.

Last campaign:
In 2013/2014 several commercial zoos in Thailand and wildlife traders had shown interest in purchasing the 14 orangutans for breeding programs and display in Thai zoos and entertainment parks. For exactly this reason we have campaigned very hard in the last 12 months for repatriation of the orangutans. Once the caught from the wild apes would have ended up in local zoos, our 7 year long campaign would have been for nothing and traders would see a good reason to import more illegally caught wildlife such as orangutans.

We wish to express our outmost gratitude to the director-general of the Department of National Parks Dr. Niphon Chotibal and the director of wildlife conservation office Mrs Tuenjai Noochdamrong for their speedy approval to return the orangutan to the Indonesian authorities. Their decision has send a clear message to wildlife smugglers and zoos in Thailand that smuggled apes will never end up in the trade again.

We further thank the Indonesian for not giving up on the apes and politely urge them to find a suitable solution for these 14 victims of the illegal wildlife trade once they return back home. We hope the President of Indonesia will use this example to further strengthen the fight against the decline of orangutans in the wild, with stiff penalties for anyone poaching, trading or possessing orangutans and/or other protected wild animals. I am asking for help of orangutan conservation NGO’s in Indonesia and abroad to join our campaign for a better future of these 14 orangutans.

Facts summoning:
-The orangutans were not found along the highway, but originated from a Phuket zoo.

-The owners of the zoo were never charged with illegal possession of protected wild animals.

-The cost of care of 3 million baht care would not have occurred if the law was enforced from the start.
A legal case would have sped up the release back to Indonesia with at least 5 years.

-CITES stipulated clearly that member states should enforce local wildlife laws and CITES regulations as well as cooperate (article 8) on repatriation of confiscated wildlife.

-Of the 14 orangutans, 13 are Bornean orangutans and one is an extremely rare Sumatran orangutan. Two are offspring of the original confiscated orangutans, one of the orangutans has died two years go.

Lessons learned:
WFFT will petition the minister to change/scrap the law on keeping live plants/animals for a minimum period of 5 years, and take the conservation and animal welfare into consideration instead.
Thai law stipulates that illegal good/animals found need to be kept for 5 years, in case an owner shows up and claims these goods/animals. In this case however it was clear from the beginning that these orangutans belonged to one particular zoo in Phuket.

a personal note:
I wish to apologize to the orangutans that it took this long, that you guys had to go through all this trouble and misery for so many years. I have fought many years for your return, and I promise I will follow up on your progress once you are back home again.

Edwin Wiek
Founder and director

Contact details or media and press:
Edwin Wiek
Founder and director WFFT
Telephone 08-90600906
Email: [email protected]
Skype: wildlife_rescue


Original complaint letter to authorities in 2008/2009 (PDF)
complaint phuket zoo orangutans dec2008 (click for download or viewing)

This press release as PDF
PRESS RELEASE Orangutans Thailand August 2015

Feb 202014

KHONKAEN, THAILAND: Thai police said today they have seized five wild tiger cubs along with hundreds of other animals being smuggled to neighbouring Laos, for apparent onward sale in Vietnam or China as delicacies.

Highway officers on Wednesday stopped a pick-up truck in the northeast which was apparently headed for the Laotian border, a policeman told AFP. A search revealed the endangered tiger cubs, all of them around a month old. There were also hundreds of other creatures including monitor lizards and turtles, he said, adding traffickers use Thailand as a transit point to Laos and then to buyers in lucrative Asian markets.

Two suspects line up with the confiscated animals

Two suspects line up with the confiscated animals

“The final destination is either Vietnam or China where they like to eat these animals,” according to Captain Pornchai Sangsila. The tigers will normally be kept in Laos for one year to be raised before being sold on.”

Two Thai men have been charged with illegal possession of protected animals.

Television showed footage from Wednesday night of the baby tigers cradled by handlers and being bottle-fed milk. Under international law the trade in tigers and tiger parts is strictly banned, except for non-commercial reasons such as scientific research.

Thailand is one of just 13 countries hosting fragile tiger populations — estimated at fewer than 300 in the wild — and is a hub of international smuggling. Worldwide, tiger numbers are estimated to have fallen to only 3,200 from about 100,000 a century ago.

Wildlife experts say the kingdom is also a globally significant trade hub for turtles and tortoises and have urged authorities to do more to arrest and prosecute high-level smugglers.

Note from Edwin, founder of WFFT: “It seems that again this shipment was on the way to the Thakhek wildlife “safe house” that we photographed by drone last year. This is a wellknown place for wild animals to be kept to strengthen for the next part of their trip to Vietnam and China. For the complete drone photo please visit this link (opens in a new page)
I strongly believe the tiger cubs are NOT wild tigers, they originate from a tiger farm or temple instead.

tigers Khonkaen feb 2014

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Jun 112013

Illegal wildlife traders in Thailand get “busted” and go on with “business as usual”

June 2013

By Edwin Wiek / WFFT founder

On Monday the 10th of June 2013 police again raided a house of a known and earlier arrested wildlife trader on the outskirts of Bangkok. Just like a year ago in Sraburi province, police found about 300 protected and endangered wild animals, such as lions, baboons, other monkeys, lorises, turtles, civets, meerkats and lots of other exotic wildlife.

Police invited the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNP) on their raid to this house in Khlong Sam Wa area of Bangkok, expecting them to confiscate and remove all wildlife from the illegal traders “Safe house”, but things did not turn out this way, just as it didn’t a year ago in Sraburi with the other previously known wildlife trader. The DNP only removed one leopard cat, a juvenile hornbill and a few turtles. Why?

Some the found lions

Some the found lions

Thailand is a signatory of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) and actually hosted the last conference of the parties a few months ago in Bangkok. Thailand however fails to protect wildlife species from abroad, the “foreign” wildlife species, as they like to call it. It basically means that endangered wild animals found without paperwork recently such as lions, chimpanzees, orangutans, red pandas and so on, do not find any protection under Thailand’s local laws and enforcement.

Just like with the raided wildlife safe house in Sraburi last year we expect to see no further legal action or a push for prosecution in the case of Montri, the owner of the raided house in Sam Wa. Montri was said to be arrested yesterday, however police have not arrested him yet, nor have charges been laid against him till now, as he is given at least a week time to produce his evidence and paperwork. Montri will actually only have to hand over some papers for the found Thai wildlife species, which were only a handful. As Montri is a good friend of an official who handed out permits in 2003 during the wildlife amnesty, we are sure he can produce sufficient paperwork for these few animals. The other 300 wild animals that are not of Thai origin will remain probably in his possession or be sold on quickly to get them out of sight, just as happened with all “confiscated” wildlife in the Sraburi raid last year. It is of course an embarrassment to authorities to see such a large number of illegally traded wild animals in one home near Bangkok, but as the animals were not caught being traded over the border red-handed there is little that can be done without any political will and urgent needed law changes.

WFFT is drafting the urgently needed law changes for a parliamentary committee on law to be taken in to consideration, this includes a proposal to INCLUDE wild animals to animal welfare laws, which is currently opposed by DNP and the Zoo associations of Thailand. We sympathize with the DNP for not wanting to take the burden of the care of so many foreign wild animals that might have little to no conservation value to Thailand, however it must be said that without confiscation, heavy fines and jail sentences the illegal wildlife trade can’t be stopped, the profits are high while the current penalties won’t scare anyone off, to the contrary wildlife trade is more than lucrative right now.

Thailand should include all endangered wildlife, local and foreign, under the same protection laws, as stipulated by the CITES agreement signed over 20 years ago, thereby honoring an international agreement to protect the biodiversity of our world.

—On a personal note I would like to stress that it extremely stressful for us to see that these wildlife traders get up to a week or more to produce paperwork and no animals are moved out at all, while our foundation was raided last year with only less then 3 hours time given to get paperwork presented, and the DNP started to take animals heavy-handed within 24 hours. Luckely the head of the DNP of that time is now retired and almost forgotten, but the double standard has been set.

Related stories:
Sraburi raid (including video)
Trade in Orangutans goes unpunished
Wildlife amnesty 2003
Wildlife rescue centers full
DNP centres overloaded with confiscated wildlife (Bangkokpost)

Apr 012013


Confiscated ivory and other wildlife (parts) stolen and sold on!

We often read news stories on arrests of wildlife traffickers and confiscations of protected wildlife and their parts. But what happens after? What happens to the criminals involved and will they face jail-terms or other serious punishment? What happens to the animals confiscated? Where do the animals parts such as rhino horns, ivory, skins, scales and bones go?


This table above shows the results of an investigation by us early 2012 and a three page article and documentary of ASTV on the subject. The table shows how confiscated wildlife and their parts get through the airport security and customs in most cases, but eventually still ends up on the illegal market as it is “Stolen” or “disappears” from government warehouses for confiscated goods.

Mar 302013

107 pangolins confiscated at Thailand-Laos border left to die

Thai Royal Navy officers arrested 2 men from Southern Thailand (Songkhla province) who were unloading 107 pangolins (an endangered and protected wild animal) from their car onto a long tail boat on the Mekong river, dividing Thailand and Laos.  The men acted suspicious once they arrived at the village near Nongkhai city and were found to have false number plates on their car.  The car originated from Songkhla, but plates on the care belonged to another vehicle registered in Bangkok. Once arrested and interrogated by the Navy marines they confessed they transported the pangolins from the Thai-Malaysian border to Nongkhai.

The Thai navy who monitors the border against the smuggling of wildlife, dogs, people, weapons and drugs told Edwin Wiek who was present at the location that they take the smuggling of dogs and wildlife out of Thailand into Laos very serious as according to their findings the trade has completely gone out of control. Rampant corruption at several government levels and the low priority at political level make the illegal wildlife trade the most lucrative illegal trade ever right now.

The 107 pangolins were handed over to police within 3 hours, but were left uncared for at the police station for over 29 hours, the traders were bailed out long before that. The animals were not picked up by relevant authorities such as Livestock Department or the Department of National Parks (DNP) for two nights, luckily the Thai Navy officers returned to the police station at times to water and cool down the poor animals. Staff of WFFT and dog rescue groups were not allowed to assist with the medical or any other care. Over 40 pangolins died within the 29 hours at the police station. It is until now unclear where the remaining live animals were taken.

Pangolins are illegally traded within South-East Asia as they are in high demand in China. For live animals a price of up to 2500 Baht per kilo is paid, for their scales up to 8,000 baht per kilo is paid within Laos, before taking them to China.

Photos courtesy of Royal Thai Navy / Major Garan

Mar 302013

Almost extinct species traded in Thailand

On 15 March, Thai authorities arrested a 38-year-old man attempting to collect a bag containing 54 ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) and 21 radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Some of the Ploughshare and Radiated Tortoise seized by authorities in Bangkok airport, tahiland
Photo: Panjit Tansom/TRAFFIC

Found only in Madagascar, both species are listed as Critically Endangered and protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), but have become lucrative targets for the black-market pet trade given their scarcity and beauty.

“The criminals behind this shipment of ploughshare tortoises have effectively stolen over 10% of the estimated population in the wild,” says Chris Shepherd with TRAFFIC. Experts currently estimate that only 400 ploughshare tortoises in the wild; 54 stolen tortoises accounts for around 13 percent.

Meanwhile, the radiated tortoise once numbered in the millions. But collection for the pet trade, habitat loss, and local hunting has decimated its population. Scientists now say that without targeted conservation work the species could go extinct by mid-century.

The Thai man attempting to collect the bags, O. Visarnkol, was arrested on site. Prior to his arrest he was already on bail for smuggling protected species. The bag was registered to a Malagasy woman, Clara Rahantamalala, 25, who was traveling from Madagascar to Bangkok; she was also arrested.

“We encourage the authorities to throw the book at these two. Making an example of them will hopefully serve as a deterrent for other smugglers,” Shepherd told “Releasing people on bail does not seem to be part of an effective strategy to reduce the smuggling and illegal trade.”

Fortunately since the turtles were meant for the illegal pet trade and not consumption, they were still alive when confiscated.

“The Thai authorities have placed the animals in a government rescue centre—the Bang Pra Breeding Center in Chonburi,” Shepherd explains. “It is hoped they will be repatriated back to Madagascar as soon as possible. The longer they are held in Thailand, where the climate and conditions are not the same as in Madagascar, and therefore not suitable, the higher the likelihood of higher mortality rates. Furthermore, there are experts in Madagascar ready to accept and care for the seized tortoises.”

Shepherd adds that because of their small populations in Madagascar, “every individual is incredibly valuable to the survival of the species.”

Last month, a gala ball and art auction was held in New York City to raise money for turtle conservation with the ploughshare tortoise as its highlight species.

Shepherd says that while conservation progress is being made on the ground in Madagascar, he notes that any successful attempt to save these species must be international in scope “involving Madagascar, the countries used as transit points, and the consumer countries, such as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.”


Note: WFFT will ask for an official stand of the Thai authorities on the repatriation of these highly endangered animals.

Mar 212013

Driver claims he was paid 170 dollars to transport animals only

Two man of 26 and 27 years of age were stopped by the Highway Police Department in None Soong District of Udorn Thani Province as they behaved suspicious. The man were driving a white Isuzu MU-7, a luxury utility vehicle, that was packed with over 500 kilos (100 individuals) of live pangolins.

Both man stated to police they were paid 7,000 baht for transporting the protected and endangered aniamls from Songhkla province on the Thailand-Malaysia border to the Thai-Laos border at Nongkhai (opposite the Laos capital of Vientiane). They said they did not know who owned the animals. (WFFT note: they should start having better excuses or stories).

The animals have been hended over the the Department of National Parks (DNP) and will be taken to a wildlife breeding center of the DNP nearby. Pangolins are extremely hard to care for in captivity and most die within days at the breeding centers.

Pangolins are in high demand in China for consumption by rich and mostly corrupt government officials and businessmen. Their bones and scales are used to produce Traditional Chinese Medicines, even-though it has never been proven it works.

Police show two of the pangolins in front of the luxury vehicle

Police show two of the pangolins in front of the luxury vehicle

Feb 022013

Police Captain caught with 20 elephant tusks on the way from Southern provinces

The scandal about the police colonel that was caught hunting for protected wildlife in a national park has not blown over yet, or another scandal has emerged. On the 2nd of February the provincial police of Chumporn (Patui district) stopped a police captain in an official vehicle belonging to the Sadao district police in Songhkla province with about 400 kilos of elephant tusks on board on the highway from the Malaysian border towards Bangkok. The police captain had no legal paperwork for the tusks in his possession, but claimed at first it was “just” local ivory of domesticated elephants. The trade in ivory within the country is legal in Thailand if it is from domestic elephants. Chumporn police however did not believe his story and found out contradicting stories during interrogation. The police captain later admitted he smuggled the tusks in from Malaysia.

The police captain risks to be immediately expelled from the police-force according to the Songkhla provincial police chief, Police Major-General Suwit Chuensiri, especially given the tight evidence found and seriousness. The police captain could be prosecuted for smuggling and possession of wildlife (parts) and theft of the minivan belonging to the state. The total value of the ivory in this bust is estimated at US$ 330,000.- (estimated by authorities).

WFFT will have to further monitor the case, as several questions remain;
will he be prosecuted?
Where did the ivory originate from?
Where was it supposed to be delivered?

Tusks and minivan on display at Chumporn police station

Tusks and minivan on display at Chumporn police station

Jan 312013

Restaurant owner claims large “rescue foundation” sells rescued wildlife for consumption.

Police General Norasak, commander of the NRECD (Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Division) of the Royal Thai police yesterday raided a restaurant on Ramintra soi 117 in Bangkok. The restaurant named “Mae Bia” owned and run by Miss Usa Poophayom (36 years), was WELL-KNOWN for a long time for having wildlife on the menu. Another person, a Mr Suthat (50 years) who entered the restaurant during the raid to buy snakes was taken for questioning by police.

A short list of confiscated goods at the restaurant includes 29 Burmese pythons, parts of 2 tiger skeletons, 60 birds of different species, lots of soft-shell and other turtles and processed meat of wildlife. The total value is set between 250,000 to 500,000 Baht.

The owner, Miss Usa, claimed she bought most animals per weight ranging between 200 to 300 baht per kilo, from different people working for rescue foundations working in Bangkok. Two large foundations and one government department are often called to remove snakes and other wildlife from peoples houses, to rescue and release them elsewhere. Police has for now not released the name of the foundation or units involved in the illegal wildlife trade.

Two owners of the "Jungle Restaurant" presented by police

Two owners of the “Jungle Restaurant” presented by police

WHile police believes all wildlife found at the restaurant was to consumed there by “foreign” customers, the owner declared that lots of people bought the animals from her to release them at temples for merit-making. (WFFT Note:both claims are hard to believe)

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Jan 272013


Published: 27 Jan 2013 at 00.00
Newspaper section: News

outcry in Thai newspapers and on Social media

outcry in Thai newspapers and on Social media

The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department will send a legal team to help mount a case against a senior police officer who was allegedly caught hunting protected wildlife. The move follows a public outcry over the decision not to charge Pol Lt Theerayuth Ketmangmee, who was arrested on Nov 11 with eight others on suspicion of hunting in Keang Krachan National Park. The suspects were arrested with several weapons, a dead mouse deer and about 100 giant Asian river frogs. All of the alleged hunters have since been indicted except Pol Lt Theerayuth, with police saying there was not enough evidence to charge him. Pol Lt Theerayuth is the chief of an interrogation unit at Pran Buri police station in Prachaup Khiri Khan province.

Parks Department deputy chief Theerapat Prayurasiddhi said yesterday that a legal team would be formed to help Kaeng Krachan park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn gather evidence against the police officer. Mr Theerapat said the department had photos of Pol Lt Theerayuth’s camping site in deep jungle during the alleged hunting trip. The site was about 50km from the park’s tourist centre, he said.

The department recently showed the media photos of the alleged hunting party posing for photos with animal carcasses. Mr Theerapat said he was confident the evidence that park officials already had would convince prosecutors to indict Pol Lt Theerayuth. The evidence would be submitted to prosecutors next week, he said.

Mr Theerapat also called on the public to monitor the case to ensure no backroom deals were made. Parks Department chief Manophat Huamuangkaew yesterday said he had instructed Mr Chaiwat to pursue the case against Pol Lt Theerayuth. “I don’t want to see law enforcers becoming law breakers,” he said.

Deputy national police chief Pansiri Praphawat has been also reviewing the police force’s handling of the case to clear public doubt over the investigation. Pol Gen Pansiri said he would reveal his findings in the next few days.

Original article on Bangkok Post

NOTE 28 Jan 2013: WFFT has officially complained to the Petchburi prosecutor about this mis-handling of the legal case and accused the prosecutor and police of severe neglect in this matter. WFFT believes that especially officers of the law should set an example and that any wrongdoing cannot be tolerated. For a highly ranked police officer like this a 4 year jail-term and dismissal from the police force is the minimum required penalty.

UPDATE 30 Jan 2013: Prosecutor says he lacks evidence to take case to court, seems to be too busy finding more reasons to charge animal rescue people instead! We will petiotion the governor for urgent dismissal of the prosecutor, citing negligence.

UPDATE 03 Feb 2013: Kaengkrachan district chief is the first one to be moved to inactive post after he was found covering up the case protecting the interest of the police officer accused of poaching. We expect the provincial prosecutor to be next. NEWS STORY THE NATION

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