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TAKING UP OUR Volunteer program

Dear friends and supporters,

The last few months have been intense. But amidst all the adversity, SVW is still trying every day to overcome this challenging situation with the kindness support from people over the world. Another month passed, and we worked hard on our mission of saving wildlife, despite many obstacles still going on. Let's join us to see what has been done in last month.


The raffle could not be successful without your support! 420$ has been raised for the pangolins in our center. To make the raffle more exciting, we decided to give a second award which is the beautiful earrings to the runner up. And congratulations to 2 lucky ones: the winner - Ticket 5. Kimberley Evans and the runner up - Ticket 21. Frank Kohn. For anyone who missed the raffle, you can check it again by clicking the video below.


After nearly six months of suspending our volunteering program due to the Covid-19, now the program has been reopened for anyone who is still in Vietnam and wants to join us. Here are some images of 3 volunteers coming with us in July 2020. If you are in Vietnam now, do not hesitate to join the volunteer program.  If not, just quickly email us for a booking cause we only allow limited volunteers to come in the same week. 

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One Chinese pangolin and four Sunda ones had been saved in June

Rescued 1 Chinese pangolin with 2 Sunda pangolins in Vinh City

When coming to the center, two Sunda pangolins and one Chinese pangolin were starved for several days, dehydrated, opaque eyes, had some minor wounds, and severe stress, especially one pangolin fish with parasitic leeches in the nose, and got troubles in breathing. After being cared for and treated, these individuals are able to eat and drink well now. However, tight monitoring is still needed to ensure their recovery.

1 more Sunda Pangolin in Da Nang

On 12 June, SVW’s rapid rescue team moved 800km to Danang City and successfully rescued a Sunda Pangolin that appeared in a military zone in Da Nang. Luckily, the animal in good health was transferred by the Forest Protection Department of Da Nang City to SVW.

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Veterinary Care and Rehabilitation

The quality life of animals at the rescue center

Animal welfare is maintained and improved by our caring veterinarians and keepers. Currently, the health of most animals in the center is stable. Enrichment activities are carried out regularly. The team keeps studying and researching on favorite foods of animals, enriching food sources of vegetables and insects for them. Can you guess what kind of insect in the picture? These are crickets being raised as food for civets in our center. 

Semi-wild temporary home for our cute babies

The semi-wild area in the SVW rescue center is a powerful tool to help keeper team in monitoring wild rehabilitation of animals by tracking and recording their behavior every day, thereby providing the accurate assessment of wild adaptability and reintegration of species in the wild in order to make the best decision for releasing animals. Normally, before releasing, the animals will stay in this area from a few weeks up to several months to rehabilitate. When they are able to live by themselves, it will be time for their coming home. The animals seem very joyful and relaxing in the semi-wild environment.

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Home! Sweet home! 6 animals reunioned with “their family” in the forest

Two Chinese Ferret Badgers and 1 Crab-eating Mongoose have been rescued by the Cuc Phuong National Park rangers and transferred to us on the 28th of April. After more than one month under our intensive care and rehabilitation, 2 of them are ready to go home now at Cuc Phuong National Park. And another ferret-badger with a front leg amputated due to traps will stay longer with us for recovery. Wish he can reunion with his friends soon. A whisper to our lovely friends! ''Be wiser and don’t be trapped''!

After successfully passing the training test of self-survival at our rescue center, these pangolins and otters were ready to go home. More specifically in this release, two Sunda Pangolin fitted with transmitters for the monitoring by a wildlife drone. Our unceasing efforts to monitor pangolin in the wild is continued to be able to give an accurate assessment of the species population distribution in their habitat in the future.

Wildlife conservation educational tour for school kids

In addition to enjoying the cool atmosphere of the Cuc Phuong forest and seeing the endangered wildlife in person at SVW rescue center, children are also provided with plenty of knowledge about wildlife conservation in the tour such as wild species identification; their importance for the ecosystem; dangers of human-wildlife interaction; the illegal wildlife trade; anecdotes about individual animals, as well as SVW’s efforts in saving wildlife and much more. Finally, the most important is that they are inspired to respect and protect wildlife by doing a pledge to 3 NOs action, NO EATING, NO USING, NO SUPPORT FOR WILDLIFE TRADE AND CONSUMPTION''. We keep our belief that the younger generation will make a drastic change in the future for wildlife conservation in Vietnam.

More Vietnamese caring about wildlife conservation!

In the month, we welcomed volunteers from Vietnamese enterprises. Besides experiencing one day of volunteering at SVW rescue center, the group also called for support financially from their colleagues to the animals at SVW. It is a heartening sign that more and more Vietnamese volunteers are participating to save the wildlife in Vietnam during a hard time of Covid-19. Emotionally, this truly inspires us to do more and do better for the animals as the more Vietnamese care and acknowledge about wild animals, the less chance of wildlife will be consumed, and the wildlife in Vietnam will be safe.

Research activities

Sunda Pangolin genetic analysis

12 DNA samples of six frozen Sunda Pangolins were taken to conduct genetic analysis. Since it was normally difficult and took a long time to investigate the origins of these confiscated pangolins, DNA analysis is expectedly an efficient approach to support authorities and release program to quickly and accurately determine the places where these trafficked pangolins come from.

Civet coffee farm investigation

SVW staff and a volunteer have conducted an extensive investigation on approximately 30 civet farms and civet coffee farms in June in 9 out of 12 districts in Lam Dong province and a district in Dong Nai province. Civets keeping in the farms comprise Common Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Binturong, Masked Palm Civet, some ferret badger species, and civet species. Wild animals with no legal origin to restock the captive populations have been reported in many farms. Breeding civets were reported unsuccessfully in many cases due to various reasons. In addition, around 30 other restaurants were also investigated to check whether they serve wild meat, including civets and where the animals come from.

Site protection
4 poachers arrested with 1 gun in June

Anti-poaching detected 4 hunters with a gun, they are Thai ethnic people, residing in Khe bu and Khe Thoi areas which are hunting hot spots in Pu Mat National Park. Their carry-on belongings were food for a week in the forest. Rangers and the anti-poaching team caught them when they were on the way to the forest, they started moving from 3 am to 4 pm when the patrol team spotted and captured them. The hunters who are very young were fined and blacklisted for illegal hunting, and anti-poaching also educated them to raise awareness about wildlife and forest protection, advised them to change their livelihoods, quit hunting as they are able to move to a big city and work for earning a living.

15 Illegal camps

The Anti-poaching team also detected 13 people illegally going into the forest with 15 illegal camps. Most of them entering the forest for fishing and collecting honey which has a high value in trading.

260 snare traps

The number 260 of traps collected this month has increased compared to May. It’s the peak season for honey harvest. Normally people will combine a trip to the forest to collect honey , catch fish and set traps

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Here is the detail of the team’s achievement in June 2020:

We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to all supporters and donors via our website and other channels. Thank you all for sharing the financial burden with us. Here is the list of our organization and individual donors in June 2020.

Organization Donors
7 Bridges Brewing Company Nashville Zoo
Action for Wildlife Organization National Geographic Society
Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA) e.V. National Zoo Australia
Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust Newquay Zoo
Australian Volunteers Nurtured by Nature
Bosua by BOO OAK Foundation
Catkin Media Ocean Park Conservation Fund
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Olsen Animal Trust
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Croeni Foundation SEGRE Foundation
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Skyland Productions GmbH
Denver Zoo Synchronicity Earth
Denver Zoo Explorer Post Taiwan Forestry Bureau
EAZA's Small Carnivore Taxon Advisory Group Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands TH True Milk
Flying Pangolin Film The Biodiversity Foundation
Fortuna Hotel The Mohamed bin Zayed
Foundation SEGRÉ The Zoological Society of London
Fresh house THU MINH and OTTO
Friends of Tallinn Zoo TRỐNG ĐỒNG
Future For Nature Adward US Fish and Wildlife Service
Global conservation force USAID Saving Species
Global Wildlife Conservation Vingroup
Greater Goods Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V
Highlands Coffee Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust
Hong Kong Full Circle Foundation Wild & Free - Rehabilitation and Release
Houston Zoo Wild Planet Trust
Humane Society International WildAid
International Otter Survival Fund Wildlife Asia
Leibniz Institute For Zoo and Wildlife Research Wildlife Conservation Network
Life Science Diversity Foundation Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Minara Nature Foundation Wroclaw Zoo
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Xuân Mai Group
Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative
Individual donors via website
A Amiri Eva Keller Marlayna Gehrking
Adriaan Smits Evelyn Baron Martin Prechner
Aida Mynzhasova Felix Schlieszus Mayela Castro
Alistair Leonard Frank Kohn Mcdermott Bruce
Alistair Macgillivray Frank Langohr Melanie Compagnin
Andrew Allpass Gabriele Hindemitt Meredith Bogisch
Angela Mcmaster Gabriele Kellerman Michael Erb
Anita Clemens Georgette Taylor Michael Parks
Anna Clark Georgina Steadman Michelle Mcclure
Anne Marie Lebas Gerardo Sanchez Nancy Japke
Anne Sanderson Gilbert Martin Naomi Doak
Annemarie Van Wirdum Gillian Pearson Nicholas Idle
Annie Beal Graeme Wilkie Nicola Grieve
Barb Patton Grant Stewart Nyani-Iisha Martin
Barbara Harris Greville Jones Owen Thomas
Barbara Roberts Gwyneth Owen Patricia Quintanilla
Bernd Meiss Hannah Bancroft Patricia Wilson
Bibi Ho Hazel M Watts Patrick Salzmann
Carol Cushing Helen Horsley Paul Bullimore
Charles-André Martin Ho Yan Chung Pauline Peter
Chris Ottewell Hung Lau Peter Kettle
Christina Hake Iain Smale Peter Roth
Christine Jones Isabel Hunter Peter Thomas
Christine Jones Jack Steward Rachel Probert
Connor Mcbriarty Jana Nagnitschenko Richard Roberts
Coral Keegan Janet Anderson Richard Young
Cynthia Brinkhurst Jason Dare Roland Page
Dan Gordon Jeff Dolle Rory Hewson
Dan Morhaim Jeff Kennedy Rosemary Barnes
Dana Catterina Jennifer Bale Sandra Gonzalez Rosso
Danella Mayo Jenny Doran Sandra Peace
Daniel Kuebler Jillian Rutherford Sarah Pocock
Daniel Kujawinski Joseph Odom Sarah Scherer
Daniel Wiesenfeller Josephine Timewell Second Hand Books
Danielle Davis Joshua Curnow Séverine Clement
Daria Kosenko Joycelyn Maguet Shao Ju Shan
David Mitchell Julia Morrison Simon Iveson
Deborah Kramer Julia Vidal Simple Solutions
Diane Kadomoto Justina Vaitkeviciute Stefan Werner
Diane Sauter Karen Ficorilli Stephan Gonter
Dinohoodie Katie Lorraine Mccarthy Stephanie Hopfner
Dirk Schils Kimberley Buckley Steven Drayton
Dr.Zippelius Srl Unipersonale Kimberley Evans Tanja Kasper
Edith Vella Laura Bahr Theodore Stankowich
Elisabeth Ickelheimer Laura Edwards Toan Phan
Elisabeth Key Lianne Todd Flyr
Elizabeth Forde Louisa Jaskulski Ute Lewandrowski
Elizabeth Williamson Lucia Cervantes Vanessa Freudenberg
Emily Milder M Jay Wesley Rieck
Emma Green Marie Rauscher William Horsley
Yu Zhou
Other donors via other channels
RICOH IMAGING (VIET NAM) Company Nguyen Thi Do Quyen
Bao Lan Co., ltd (GreenYarn) Nguyen Trong Quan 
Dang Duc Truong Nguyen Truong Quan Vy
Ina Claus Son Hyunwoo
Linh-linh.nttm Truong Hai Yen
Volunteers coming in June 2020

Lương Trần Hà An

Nguyễn Thảo Trang

Leah December Derksen


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