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Conservation planning workshop for Owston's civet and rescue 42 pangolins

Conservation Planning Workshop for Owston's Civet

The four-day workshop included over 60 participants from 35 organisations. Working groups focused on three core themes: site-based conservation, the illegal wildlife trade, and the conservation breeding program. The agreement on objectives and actions are now being drafted as a species strategy which will be finished in June and then translated into Vietnamese, Laos and Chinese. This is the first step in the reinvigorated recovery programme for Owston’s Civet. We would like to express a huge thank you to everyone who participated in and supported this workshop, particularly the IUCN Conservation Planning Specialist Group, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, Friends of Tallinn Zoo and Ocean Park Conservation Foundation!

More pangolins saved in our hands

Within a month, from four different illegal wildlife trade cases, we rescued in total 42 pangolins. One Sunda pangolins was transferred from Police Department of Ha Tinh province to Pu Mat rescue center and this individual is in good condition. Four pangolins died, out of 39 pangolins rescued at Hung Yen province. The rest of 38 pangolins are now in good health and nice shape that will be ready for releasing in near future.

Collaboration with Turtle Conservation Center

In collaboration with Indo Myanmar Conservation and Cuc Phuong national park, 1 male Yellow-headed Temple Turtle was transferred to Cuc Phuong together with 14 big-headed turtles. It is part to support the conservation breeding program and reintroduction. On the 23rd of April 2019, SVW also supported Cuc Phuong NP to rescue 17 turtles of 4 different species Ha Tinh province after the police of Ha Tinh has sent a request to transfer animals to us.

New lessons and equipment to Vet team

Our vet team received training from veterinary pathologist Elizabeth Dobson from Australia. Elizabeth, along with zoo veterinarian Leanne Wicker, trained our team in how to perform necropsies in a very particular way. 

In addition, with the help of Leanne and Elizabeth, our vet team made relationships with the head pathologist and virologist at the Hanoi National University of Agriculture. From now on, samples will be submitted to this lab we will receive high level histopath results in addition to a whole list of testing options for samples that we did not have access to before.

Along with all of these successes, we also had brand new anesthesia equipment donated by Australian Volunteers for International Development, Australian Aid and Advanced Anesthesia Specialists. This equipment is brought as prize that Leanne won from the GoBack<>GiveBack Competition held by Australian Volunteers last year.

Ms. Ngan guest speaker in a book introduction event

On April 4, our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Ngan Le attended the Talk show to introduce the book "Le Monde Selon Tippi" organized by Kim Dong Publishing House. Ngan was one of the guest speakers who shared her 5-year experience in working on wildlife conservation and inspire young people to care for wildlife. The event helped promote SVW in Vietnam, and brought an opportunity for collaboration of educational publications in the future.

Anti-poaching Unit

IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group -14th international otter congress

Dung and Dan attended the 14th International Otter Congress held in Tangjihae National Nature Reserve, China. Dung and Dan presented on the status of otters in Vietnam, as well some of SVW's plans for its group of trade-confiscated Asian Small-clawed Otters.  Dung and Dan were lucky enough to be in one of China's premiere nature reserves and saw Takin, Chinese Tufted Deer and Chinese Serow. Although much of the forest is poor quality, hunting has been eradicated and apart from the large carnivores, most wildlife species are now recovering. This is another excellent example that many wildlife species do not pristine habitats; as long as hunting is controlled, animals can recover. Special thanks to the IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group and Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden for sponsoring our attendance at the workshop.

Monitoring pangolins in Cat Tien NP

We have completed eight months of continuous monitoring for one our released Sunda pangolin. The monitoring has used a combination of VHF transmitters and camera-traps. To our knowledge, this is the longest period of time a released Sunda Pangolin has been monitored for. We are now planning replace the transmitter on pangolin to extend the monitoring. Special thanks to USFWS for supporting this important work!

We say "Hello"

Meet our new members: Nhâm and Diễm

Nguyen Thi Nham was graduated from University of Foreign and International Study, Vietnam National University in Hanoi in 2015. She has 3-years’ experience in Tourist. After few years working far away from her family, she wants to come back home and contribute to protect wildlife in her home town.

Ho Le Kieu Diem was graduated with an undergraduate degree as Veterinary Medicine at Nong Lam University - HCM City. Diem then spent a few months working in a Veterinary Clinic before moving to work as a Veterinary Intern at Animal Asia for 2 years.

We truly celebrate for having them in our team. We believe in their skills, talents, and knowledge will contribute to SVW’s improvement. Welcome aboard, Nham and Diem!

And "Goodbye"

With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to

Lam Kim Hai, a talented and passionate Veterinary. Hai was one of the first Vets at SVW and he had worked with us for 3 years. He was the mother of all baby pangolins, including Kim and Pika and the great doctor for all animals at our rescue center. Hai is always active and hunger to learn, always on the lookout for innovation and solution. Hai will continue career at Animal Asia. We deeply thanks to Hai’s contribution to SVW and wish him all the best for his future.

Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, community-based project assistant. Yen joined SVW to carry out the social research project on forest-based community living in the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park since Jan 2018. After the project, she worked hard to help us set up several workshops for authorities and communities at Con Cuong District, Nghe An. SVW thanks Yen Nguyen for great contributions. Hope to cooperate with her again in the future!

Last but not least, we are looking for more new SVWers to join our team. Please help spread the opportunities to your network.

Head Keeper

Field Researcher


Organization Donors

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V


Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Houston Zoo

OAK Foundation

Highlands Coffee

Olsen Animal Trust

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Nashville Zoo

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Future For Nature Adward

Friends of Tallinn Zoo

Synchronicity Earth

Ocean Park Conservation Fund

The Zoological Society of London

EAZA's Small Carnivore Taxon Advisory Group


Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust

Wildlife Conservation Network

Minara Nature Foundation

The Biodiversity Foundation

Wroclaw ZOO

Humane Society International

Denver Zoo Explorer Post

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Greater Goods

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Wild & Free - Rehabilitation and Release

Global Conservation

Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA) e.V.

Fondation Segré

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Individual Donors
A aron Kenny Ha Ba Duc Nguyen Hoai Nam
Adam Lotyczewski Ha Thi Hong Van Nguyen Hoang Binh An
Alistair Leonard Hazel M Watts Nguyen Hoang Khoi
Aniee Sarkissian Helen Horsley Nguyen Hong Hanh
Anita Clemens Helen Whittle Nguyen Huong Trang
Anna Clark Hl Tedcastle Nguyen Ngoc Diep
Anne Sanderson Hung Lau Nguyen Ngoc Lam
Annie Beal Ian Rock Nguyen Ngoc My Anh
Austin Short Ina Claus Nguyen Thanh Hang
Barbara Roberts Internet Enterprises LLC Nguyen Thi Bich Lan
Beatriz  Iouisa Jaskulski Nguyen Thi Khanh Ha
Bradley Smith Isabel Hunter Nguyen Thi Kim An
Brianna Konz Jane Church Nguyen Thi Loan
Caitlin Malley Janet Anderson Nguyen Thi Minh Hong
Carmen Lee Jason Blasso Nguyen Thi Song Huong
Carol Cushing Jason Petrasanta Nguyen Thi Thuy
Cathy Granholm Jeff Kennedy Nguyen Thi Tu Mai
Chad Ripplinger Jeffrey Evans Nguyen Thi Tu Quynh
Christa Lee Brynwood Jennifer Peers Nguyen Thi Van Anh
Christine Jones Jerry Williams Nguyen Thien Minh
Chrystin Pleasants Jessica Freedman Nguyen Van Tuyen
Connor McBriarty Jillian Rutherford Nicholas Gilpin
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Daniel Kuebler Kevin Moe Pham Thi Thai Binh
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Darlene Handley Laura Edwards Phan Thi Thuy Lien
David Cohen Laura Edwards Rachel Probert
Diane Kadomoto Laura Ramsay Rebecca Keeley
Dinh Minh Triet Laura Reed Richard Foulk
Dinh Thanh Van Le Bao Chau Richard Roberts
Dinh The Huy Le Nguyen Thanh Hang Roland Page
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Dirk Schils Lillian Cummings shannon o'brien
Do Nguyen Tuan Minh Linda Yin Shao Ju Shan
Domenique Tripoli Lu Ngoc Binh Simon Iveson
Dominique Bathy Luis Barradas Soren Holm
Donna Ramil Marc Del Signore Stefanie Leinwetter
Dr.Zippelius Srl Unipersonale Margaret Sparks Stephan Gonter
Ectjn Mary Kane Stephanie Torres
Elena Kamenskikh Meghan Hughes Steven Drayton
ELISABETH KEY Mei Wong Stewart Gatsi
Elizabeth Forde Melissa Harrison Sylvie Dinh
Elizabeth Williamson Melissa Wells Sue Mawson
Emily Milder Minh Le Ta Thu Huong
Emma Green Minh Trang Thai Nguyen
Evelyn Baron Naomi Doak Theodore Stankowich
Felix Schlieszus Naomi Doak Tracy Franco
Geoffrey Denham Nguyen Duc Anh Tran Le Minh Thao
Georgette Taylor Nguyen Duc Hiep Tran Minh Ngoc
Georgina Steadman Nguyen Duc Huy Tran Ngoc Tuong
Gerardo Sanchez Nguyen Duc Minh Tran Nguyen Bao An
Giang Thi Thanh Binh Nguyen Duc Thai Tran Thi Van Anh
Giang Thi Thanh Ngan Nguyen Duy Dat Tran Van Son
Gilbert Martin Nguyen Duy Hung Uyen Le
Grant Stewart Nguyen Gia Phong Waleed Joholee
Youko Shannon

Vietnam's precious wildlife thanks you 
for your invaluable contribution to our work!

Photos: Vet team and Leanne© Australian Volunteers; Vet team with University of Agriculture © Leanne Wicker; 14th International Otter Congress ©IUCN SSC Otter Specialist; Lam Kim Hai and the pangolin © Brent Stirton; Nguyen Thi Nham, Head Keeper, Accountant © Sam Tippetts

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