Best of our wild blogs: 16 Nov 18

Birding update on November 2018
Francis Yap Nature Photography

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Malaysia: Wild animals for sale via mail – unusual but not new

vincent tan and ili aqilah The Star 14 Nov 18;

PETALING JAYA: Using the postal system to traffic animals and other protected wildlife is not common – but not new either, said wildlife and conservation groups.

Sending animals by post has been done since 2014, said Serene Chng, a programme officer with wildlife trade monitor Traffic.

“From Traffic’s 2016 report Trading Faces, which assesses the use of Facebook to trade wildlife in peninsular Malaysia, we have documented sellers on Facebook offering to deliver live specimens by post,” Chng told The Star.

Chng explained that using the postal route was convenient, and could be fast if using express post, and levels of detection can be low.

“It is worth noting that wildlife is not only sent via parcel post, but also postal cargo, where larger volumes of wildlife parts can be transported,” she said.

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Indonesia: Sumatran tiger enters market in Riau

Rizal Harahap The Jakarta Post 15 Nov 18;

A Sumatran tiger has been found hiding in a basement of a shophouse in a market in Pulau Burung village, Indragiri Hilir regency, Riau, stirring uproar in the densely populated area.

The presence of the tiger was first known on Wednesday at about 11 a.m. local time, when a resident spotted it walking around under the attached stilt houses belonging to Johari, Atek, Aming and Ayang.

Shortly afterwards, the picture of the tiger went viral on social media and people flocked the market to see the animal.

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