Hello, Friends! April 2021 has been a busy month for SVW, with lots of surprises. It has our highest number of rescued animals of the year so far, and broke our record of the most rescued of carnivores in one rescue - 100 animals. With your support, we made a lot of stride in all fronts, from our usual rescue activities to our education side. Combining with the return of Covid within the community, things are getting exciting for everyone involved!!!
But lets warm up by some heart-warming photos.
We recently rescued a rare Chinese Pangolin pup from Binh Dinh province on the 21st of April. After more than two days of travel, our rescue team returned it safe and sound. As the baby is only 1.5 month old, we have to fill in the role of its mom as its protector and provider.
At the moment, the baby pangolin is on the weaning process off its mother's milk, We are trying to help its learning natural behaviors of pangolin by introducing it to termite nest. He is already interested and digging into it to find eggs. Hopefully, this will be the first step to a normal pangolin life in the future, deep inside of a lush Vietnamese forest
During the last month, we have two batches of rescues of Leopard Cats (from Nam Dinh and Lang Son provinces), all at a young age. Leopard Cats have been the target for exotic pet trade for a long time, they often get captured and sold as kittens. Lucky for these five cats, they were rescued and brought to our rescue center, and they are all recovering well. They have passed their health-check test, and we will have to wait to determine their fate.
On April 4th 2021, we receive 2 Ferret Badgers in very bad conditions as they both needed surgery. During the surgery process, one unfortunately passed away. One managed to survive and have been recovering nicely from its front leg amputation surgery.
Of course, it would be dismissive of us not to mention one of our biggest rescue of small carnivores ever - the 100 Masked Palm Civets on the 17th of April. At the moment of writing, 8 have passed away, the rest however are on the road of recovery and are under the standard health check procedure of vets. There is currently no long-term plan for these animals, but we will try to update you as soon as we can about their progress.
Our Pu Mat Rescue Center also received a few animals during the month of April. On April 16th, we received a Reticulated Python from Nghi Loc district ranger department and on April 30th, we aso received 2 juvenile Java Pangolins from the Vinh city Police department, both are under the care of our staff and supervision of our vets.
April has been a particular busy month for our vet team, not that they are not busy before. Aside from the 100 newly arrived Masked Palm Civets that needed health-check, our vets have to take care of all the animals that we already have in our crowded rescue center, including regular health-check and surgery.
Two Sunda Pangolins have been under treatment from the caudectomy since last December, one is completely healed, the other is in the stage of growing subcutaneous layer of the tail.
The recently rescue Masked Palm Civets are being check under standard protocols including the following procedure: weight check, blood tests, oral and anal swabs, vaccination, chips checks (and chipping), sonogram, etc... Rest assured, they are in good hands.
On the 2nd of April, the inaugural workshop "Education Program to raise awareness of nature and wildlife conservation in Pu Mat National Park, 2021-2022" took place with the participation of nearly 40 delegates of Pu Mat National Park, Save Vietnam's Wildlife, Con Cuong District Department of Education, Con Cuong District Youth Union, and representatives of the Rector Board and General Manager of the 13 primary and secondary schools belonging to 4 communes of Yen Khe, Chau Khe, Mon Son, and Con Cuong town. The workshop agreed on the implementation plan of the awareness raising program with 5 components which would start from March 2021 to May 2022. These include: (1) Social research on awareness, attitude and behavior of students towards nature and wildlife conservation; (2) Nature Conservation Events – After-school activities; (3) "Join me to protect Pu Mat forest" student club; (4) Nature interpretation field trips; and (5) Kid Presenters program
The first survey (of the 1st component) and The 1st Conservation Event - “Our Pu Mat, Our Pride” (of the 2nd component) are being started and ran in 22 schools including primary schools and middle schools. In April, four primary schools and 3 middle schools joined the survey and the 1st event. Specifically, 404 students of grade 3, 4, 7, 8 participated in the survey and 2,169 students took part in the 1st Conservation Event. The program received overwhelming positive feedback from the teachers, along with the excitement of the whole student body.
On April 28, 2021 SVW consulted the People's committee of Con Cuong and helped successfully organized “Con Cuong District says no to illegal wildlife use” with over 110 participants who are the leaders, officials of 13 different People's committees as well as representatives of restaurant businesses and local communities. The participants pledge to say no to illegal wildlife products. The event was published on several media agency.
This kicked off the "Con Cuong district saying no to illegal wildlife use'' chain of events which will continue from the 28th of April till the end of 2022.
In mid April, Mr. Tan has replaced the camera traps' batteries in one of our research sites. Preliminary results acknowledge the existence of Java pangolins, Small-clawed and Hairy-nosed Otters, Leopard Cats, Wild Pigs, Asian Palm Civets within the park area.
From early April, Mr. Long, Tan, and Tai continue tracking released pangolins using radio signals hand-held tracking devices. As the result, they manage to collect signals from 4 out of 5 pangolins despite not being able to find the actual animals.
Poaching activities remained active despite of Covid threat
The anti-poaching team and rangers in Pu Mat National Park encountered 13 people entering the forest illegally (arresting 8 poachers), destroyed 392 traps (39 more compared to last month) and 22 hunting camps, confiscated 6 guns.
During the patrol, the team also found a chainsaw which belonged to the poacher. The summary patrol result can be found below:
Welcome Russell J. Gray - Science Advisor and Viet Anh Nguyen - Communication Officer to Save Vietnam's Wildlife.
Russell J. Gray is a wildlife conservationist and ecological data analyst. His past work and collaborative experiences span over several Asian countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Pakistan, and American countries including the USA, Belize, and Brazil. Russell has worked with a wide range of species with a broad analytical focus on movement ecology, community ecology, phylogenetics, invasion biology, and species recovery.
Viet Anh Nguyen is a Master degree graduate from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Conservation and Biodiversity, and has over 3.5 years of experience in Vietnam wildlife conservation. He has worked in Vietnamese conservation NGOs including GreenViet, EPRC and the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project. He is also an enthusiast wildlife photographer with expertise in macro and micro photography. In April 2021, with his expertise and experience, Anh joined SVW to promote wildlife conservation in Vietnam as a communication officer
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 April 2021.