Rapid Action Fund

Organisation: Monitor Conservation Research Society

Project title: Investigating the illegal trade in Annamite Crested Argus

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Project date: January 2022 – March 2022

Species: Annamite Crested Argus Rheinardia ocellata 

Supported by: Fondation Segré


The challenge

The Annamite Crested Argus occurs throughout the Annamite mountains in central and southern Vietnam and eastern Lao PDR. Previously described as common, high levels of hunting and snaring have been reported in its range resulting in extirpation in some sites and conservationists believe that rapid reduction in the wild population has occurred.  

The species has mainly been hunted for meat, but recent reports have found a concerning number of animals circulating in the pet trade. In 2021 Monitor received information of live pheasants being trafficked from Vietnam to Indonesia to meet the demand for exotic pets. This was the first record of international trade for the species and indicates a potential growing threat to the conservation of this species.  

The project

Monitor Conservation Research Society aims to curtail the illegal trade of the Annamite Crested Argus between Vietnam and Indonesia, by gathering information on both ends of the trade chain about the dynamics of international trafficking for this species. An analyst will investigate information from online trade forums, and any actionable information will be share with enforcement agencies in order to halt the trafficking of this Critically Endangered bird. Key recommendations will be identified to protect this species from international trade and the demand for exotic pets.  

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