In Lắk Commune in the Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk, elephant doctor Đàng Đăng Long is fighting a desperate battle to not only keep overworked beasts alive, but to provide the right conditions for them to mate so that they do not die out. We visited the doctor as he was about to leave for a trip to Cambodia to treat an elephant. “I have only 30 minutes. I’m in a hurry,” Long said. Old custom: Đàng Đăng Long puts wine on an elephant’s head to show friendship with the elephant. For the giant beasts that have become ill, 30 minutes can save their lives. “I’m actually a normal herbal doctor and hold no secrets,” he said. “I have many years of experience caring for my herd of elephants and I have drawn some experience in treating them. I inherited knowledge from my father as well. “In the past, when elephants were sick, they were often released back … [Read more...] about Herbalist fights to save last of the elephants
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VietNamNet Bridge - British billionaire Richard Branson, founder Virgin Group, universal symbol of entrepreneurship, was in Ho Chi Minh City on September 12-13 to deliver a keynote speech at a workshop and share his philosophy towards living life creatively. Richard Branson at the workshop in HCMC on Sept. 13. Born on July 19, 1950, Richard Branson is an English investor, billionaire and businessman. World renowned as the owner of the Virgin Group that has more than 400 companies, Branson is most famous for his adventurous lifestyle. With a net worth of about US$4.9 billion, he has been listed by Forbes as the seventh richest citizen in the UK. "Screw It, Let’s Do It" is the title of an amazing book about his personal experience and tells the story of how he dealt with life’s adversities. On this occasion, the British billionaire shared his thought on the responsibility of enterprises, entrepreneurs in environmental protection. Below is the extract: When I was a … [Read more...] about What is success in the corporate world?
Two tonnes of elephant tusks seized at Hai Phong port The cargo was found in a container shipped from Malaysia en route to China. The banned goods were hidden in sacks of sea shells. The cargo had been declared as sea shells. Tusks and tortoise-shell are banned goods in Viet Nam under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which came into effect in 1994. Dong Nai Hospital successfully rejoins arm Dong Nai Hospital successfully reattached the severed arm of a 43-year-old man yesterday after a seven hour surgical operation. The man was hospitalised on Sunday after a labour accident resulted in severe trauma to his left limb. The patient is reportedly in a stable condition. Collapse of antenna prompts safety review The construction ministry plans to inspect the quality of all tower-shaped projects nationwide to ensure their safety following recent collapses of some antenna towers, according to an official from the ministry. Last … [Read more...] about Two tonnes of elephant tusks seized at Hai Phong port
These days it seems everyone is having a go at mastering Vietnamese but British royalty, it must be a mistake. And as many foreigners in Vietnam know, it is not easy for a native English speaker to have a go at the local language. The duo must be the most famous Vietnamese students in quite a while. Their brain-numbing efforts are all for a very noble cause - highlighting the illegal trafficking of rhino horn and ivory. The Prince and Beckham were joined by Chinese basketball star Yao Ming in London to film a video on behalf of the WildAid organization as part of a campaign to end the illegal wildlife trade. The English duo also attempted Mandarin as part of the video which will be broadcast around the world in November. The target audiences, though, are in Vietnam and China with both nations having large markets for rhino horn and ivory, which are poached particularly in South Africa. Beckham told the UK press: "When I learned of the current poaching levels in Africa, I … [Read more...] about British royalty tackles Vietnamese for noble cause
An old elephant waits, incomplete, in the shade of a big tamarind tree outside Yok Don National Park. The giant beast's two tusks have been cut off by its owner to dissuade poachers from killing it. But that didn't stop them from cutting off the hairy tip of its tail—a single strand can sell for between US$10-15 at tourist shops throughout Dak Lak Province. Soon tourists will climb on its back for a ride around the park and nearby Lak Lake. Despite its pitiful state, this elephant can be considered among the luckiest of its kind in Vietnam's Central Highlands—where they were once too numerous to count. In January, poachers in Don Village stabbed an elephant named Pak Cu to death. The thin herds belonging to the region's traditional mahouts (elephant keepers) are aging out. Many fear that, soon, this animal and the culture that relied upon it will simply disappear. The edge of extinction Ama Kong, 101, says he's tamed 298 wild elephants during his life using only … [Read more...] about The last elephants