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A Happy Month for Otter

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We would like to bring you lots of exciting news happened in August, with highlight news for the otters such as a new young otter transferred to us, Small-clawed otter species is highly protected worldwide, six rehabilitated otters come back to the wild, and many activities that prove wildlife conservation is getting national attention over time. 

Happy reading and thank you for supporting us!

Rescue, rehabiliation, and release
A baby otter transferred from Yok Don to Cuc Phuong

On 10 October, 2019 with the help of Ms. Dionne Slagter from Animals Asia, a small-clawed otter was transferred from Yok Don National Park, Dak Lak province to SVW. Previously, two tourists bought this otter (which is not an ethical practice - could be seen as a wildlife demand and fuel the illegal trade) from a resident then transferred to Dionne Slagter, an animal welfare expert at the Animals Asia, who was working in Yok Don National Park, Dak Lak Province.

Rescue one Leopard cat from Tam Diep

On 14 August 2019, receiving an offer to rescue wildlife confiscated from illegal wildlife trade, SVW collaborated with EPRC successfully rescued 01 Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and 01 Loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus). These animals are confiscated by Tam Diep Police, in Ninh Binh Province. This Leopard cat is being taken care in quarantine with good condition.

6 otters together with 10 pangolins roam free in the wild

On 8 August 2019, 10 Sunda pangolins and 06 small-clawed otters were successfully released.

This is SVW's first time of releasing otters, which is a really important step to restore the populations of these species in the wild.
The pangolins were rescued from illegal trade, transferred from Hanoi Wildlife Rescue Center and were cared for at SVW center in several weeks. 

*Click on the image to watch our soaking-wet release trip

Released 10 animals into the wild

On the 20th August, we released a number of animals including 3 Common Palm Civets, 2 Leopard Cats, 1 Burmese Python, 1 Keeled Box Turtle, 2 Four-eyed Turtles, and 1 Soft-shelled Turtle. These animals were rescued from illegal trades and rehabilitated at rescue center in Pu Mat National Park.

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The small-clawed otter has been upgraded to the highest level of protection

On August 26, 2019, at CITES CoP18 Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, parties voted to move small-clawed and smooth-coated otters to Appendix I. That means international trade would be prohibited. 

Vietnam laws on wildlife has become more and more strict over time, and might grand no mercy for those who break it. By selling or keeping from 1 to 2 otters, you’ll be fined for a penalty of approximately 330-360 million VND. From more than 3 otters, you will serve a sentence of at least from 1 to 5 years or a fine from 500 million to 2 billion VND.

Otter received better protection, so does Owston's Civet!

Prime Minister of Vietnam signed the decree 64/2019/NĐ-CP for changing article 7 of decree 160/2013/NĐ-CP about updating the new list of rare and threatened species who are a priority for conservation. Owston's civet is now listed in the Decree 64/2019/NĐ-CP. It means that poaching or trading even 1 Owston's civet, you will go to prison between 1-5 years, which starts applying from 5th September 2019.
SVW led on building the profile and formal recommendation to add Owston's civet in Decree 64/2019/NĐ-CP. We hope it will help to reduce poaching and trading on this species.

Besides, paper on the global importance of the breeding program for Owston's Civet (in the context of small carnivore priorities) has been submitted for publication in ZSL's "Zoo Yearbook".

Education and Outreach

With a desire to spread nature's love and build a healthy and sustainable future for all generations,  Xuan Mai Corp and Eco Green Saigon organize the campaign "DRAWING YOUR GREEN DREAM" to call for the community to paint and donate to protect the environment. Each picture you draw, you are contributing 10,000 VND to Save Vietnam’s Wildlife. Over one month, there are thousand people of all ages draw or create a painting to support the campaign.

The campaign continues to run till Sep 29.
Details of the contest, check here.

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Anti-poaching Unit

We recruited and interviewed candidates for Anti-poaching team. After the interview, eight potential candidates had a practical test to go into the forest with some of our Anti-poaching rangers and Dung, Field Research Manager to evaluate their skills. Three out of eight candidates were qualified and officially joined our Anti-poaching Unit. We hope the whole team of 17 members will work well together and strengthen the enforcement in Pu Mat National Park.

The result of law enforcement of August is below.

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Welcome on board!

Lê Thị Hoài

Hoài has graduated in Veterinary major from Vietnam University of Agriculture this year. She volunteered with us last year and come back this year to do a 3-month internship. The Vet team highly recommended her to join the team to fill a position as a Veterinary assistant. With a fast learning attitude and diligence, we believe she will perform well in her work.

Thank you and wish you a success!

Vũ Cao Cường

Say good bye to our Anti-poaching Coordinator, Vu Cao Cuong from 10 August 2019. With the animal love and passion for wildlife conservation, Cuong has joined our Anti-poaching team from May 2018. Working with us for more than one year, he is one of those who have made great contribution for Save Vietnam’s Wildlife. 

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