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Successful release of captured pink dolphins

Wildlife Friends of Thailand
Edwin Wiek
February 13th 2006

The wild caught rare pink dolphin ((Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin) that was kept in a small swimming pool for over three months at a resort on the island of Samui in Southern Thailand was successfully released back into the Gulf of Thailand on the morning of Saturday the 11th of February.

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Science team finds 'lost world'

Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 05:51 GMT

An international team of scientists says it has found a "lost world" in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of new animal and plant species.

"It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the group.

The team recorded new butterflies, frogs, and a series of remarkable plants that included five new palms and a giant rhododendron flower.

The survey also found a honeyeater bird that was previously unknown to science.


Indonesian turtle close to extinction

02 Feb 2006

Jakarta, Indonesia – According to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, trade in Roti Island snake-necked turtles is leading this endemic species, found only in the wetlands of eastern Indonesia, to the brink of extinction.

The report noted that despite national quotas set for the harvest and export of this turtle species between 1997 and 2001, no licences for collection have been issued to date, nor transport permits issued for movement from source to point-of-export within Indonesia. All specimens that have been exported since 1994 have been illegally acquired; often exported illegally under a similar species, the New Guinea snake-necked turtle.


Forests in Indochina receive FSC certification

26 Jan 2006

Vientiane, Lao PDR – Two natural forest areas in central Laos have been certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification scheme, the leading international standard of good forest management.

Covering approximately 50,000ha in the provinces of Khammouane and Savannakhet, these community-based operations are the first natural forests in Indochina to achieve FSC certification by SmartWood, an accredited certifier and programme of the Rainforest Alliance. Tropical Forest Trust (TFT) and WWF supported the forests to achieve FSC standards, resulting in increased access by the communities to the growing global market for sustainably managed wood products.


NUS researchers discover world's smallest fish in Sumatra

By Margaret Perry, Channel NewsAsia
25 January 2006 2127 hrs

SINGAPORE : Researchers from the National University of Singapore have discovered the world's smallest fish in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra in Indonesia.

But the tiny carp's survival is under threat because its natural habitat is being destroyed.

The world's smallest fish - Paedocypris progenetica - is fully grown at just 7.9mm from nose to tail.

Dr Tan Heok Hui, NUS Research Officer at Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, said: "It is something totally unexpected. In fact when we first got the fish, our reaction was "it's all juveniles, why are there so many of it?" And on closer inspection under the microscope we saw some of them are so bloated."


World's smallest creature with backbone

Jan 25, 2006

The world's smallest vertebrate has been found -- in the peat swamp forest of Sumatra. It is a fish about the size of a large mosquito.

The fish (Paedocypris progenetica) was discovered by Dr Tan Heok Hui, and Dr Maurice Kottelat of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the National University of Singapore, while working with their colleagues from Indonesia and Mr Kai-Erik Witte from the Max Planck Institute in Germany. The detailed anatomy of the fish was investigated by Dr Ralf Britz of the Natural History Museum of London. Their findings were published in Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences



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