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The orangutans are almost home!!!

The time is almost here for 14 confiscated orangutans to finally be returned home to Indonesia. The animals have been held for almost 7 years after being confiscated from private zoos in southern Thailand. Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, founded by Edwin Wiek, have campaigned heavily, fighting for their repatriation and…

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Confiscated pangolins returned to the wild!

Treatment and rehabilitation a success!   After one week of treatment and rehabilitation we have returned 48 pangolins back to the wild last night, on several secret locations. The WFFT/LWRC wildlife rescue team joined Lao government law enforcement officials on a mission to return the freedom to these magnificent animals.…

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Large Pangolin Rescue on Thai-Lao border

PRESS RELEASE   Large confiscation of pangolins arrive at WFFT / Lao Wildlife Rescue Centre Yesterday Laos PDR enforcement officials confiscated 81 pangolins at a checkpoint on the border between Thailand and Laos. As the Laos Wildlife Rescue is the only multi-species wildlife rescue center in Laos PDR the officials…

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Press release on 14 orangutans to be repatriated

14 ORANG-UTANS TO BE RETURNED TO INDONESIA Press release 14 orangutans to be repatriated from Thailand to Indonesia. THE REAL STORY 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.…

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Five tiger cubs seized in Thai police wildlife haul

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…

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How confiscated wildlife and their parts should not end up

  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…

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Thai navy catch pangolin traders on Thai-Laos border

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…

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Critically endangered tortoises found on Bangkok airport

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. Photo: Panjit Tansom/TRAFFIC Found only in Madagascar, both species are listed as Critically…

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Wildlife traders caught with 100 live pangolins

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…

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Police Captain caught with 20 elephant tusks

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…

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Rescue foundation sells protected wildlife to restaurant!

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…

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Forest bosses want cop charged

EVIDENCE TO BE SUBMITTED OVER OFFICER ACCUSED OF TAKING PART IN ILLEGAL HUNT Published: 27 Jan 2013 at 00.00 Newspaper section: News 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…

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Kaengkrachan National Park still under siege

Police Lieutenant-Colonel heads wildlife traders syndicate Caught poachers at the press conference at Kaengkrachan Rangers of Kaengkrachan National Park caught 9 poacher red-handed with over 100 collected mountain frogs and some small mammals such as mouse deer inside the National Park area. The poachers heavily armed with pistols and rifles.…

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Thai rhino horn trader jailed for 40 years

Thai rhino horn trader jailed Chumlong poses with a killed Rhino in South Africa A Thai national, Chumlong (or Chamlong) Lemtongthai, who pled guilty to organising bogus trophy hunts to sell rhino horns on the international black market was sentenced to 40 years in a South African jail on Friday.…

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