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Many ancient communal houses in Hue, Central Vietnam, recognised as national and provincial historic relics, are falling into oblivion. [ more... ]
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‘Will there ever be and end to enumeraring the sites that have been restored beyond rescue?’ [ more... ]
Part of an interview by Hong Thanh Quang with Vietnamese conservation architect Professor Hoang Dao Kinh * [ more... ]
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‘When it first came, it killed a domestic bull, but it had love for cows and never attacked calves’ [ more... ]
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The sarus crane has a certain number of requirements. These include fields where they can feed on spikesedge bulbs, marshes where the water is only so deep, so they can sleep, and not manmade dams, freedom from harassment by shrimp farmers’ watchdogs and space without the disturbances of bulldozers, explosives, mining and village lights [ more... ]
In Vietnam, chickens and ducks are often sold live in the markets. The usual way of transporting fowl is tied by the legs, hanging upside down from a motorbike. The first time I saw ducks carried this way there must have been close to 100 of them. [ more... ]
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Timber exploitation for export and the establishment of forestry farms and hydroelectric dams all contributed to the rapid decrease in wild habitats. Millions of timber trees were cut down, thousands of hectares of forest land were cleared and wild animals were exterminated [ more... ]
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Mr An, a ranger, said he had seen ‘a snake with legs’ on Dinh Mountain. I thought it might have been one of the two species of snake-like lizards in Vietnam, Lygosoma angeli. It was almost 90 years since the first specimen of this species had been collected by a French biologist in Trang Bom, Dong Nai Province, and it had long since been thought extinct. [ more... ]
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‘They wanted to carry out the plan but the weather didn’t cooperate,’ the security man grunted, eyes still fixing on the cards. ‘Please go away. If my bosses know there are visitors around I will be punished,’ he told Vietnam Heritage’s reporter [ more... ]
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It appears that many who espouse forest conservation don’t have the commitment to and intimacy with the forest that poachers do. So, how can their rather abstract sentiments prevail? Le Hoai Phuong is an exception, an anti-poacher who knows, for example, exactly how monkeys are trapped and how brutal a poacher has to be [ more... ]
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