Hello, Friends! March 2021 is really a launchingpad month at SVW. Everything is speeding up, everyone is closely focused, and then it's almost time-up for all the preparations, we are gonna bring you with more exciting activities in the upcoming time.
But now, just STAY OTTERLY RELAXED with our wild conservation news!
Our otters are the victims of the exotic pet trade with one being rescued from Hanoi in September 2020, and the other from Kim Son, Ninh Binh in December 2020. From two lonely otters staying in two different quarantine enclosures, they are finally introduced to each other in early March.
Both are healthy and very active, and hardly could we find them alone anymore. Sharing the same life circumstances, then bravely overcome the loneliest moments, that's what makes them become friends, and an otter friendship like no other.
After the training time in the semi-wild areas, we are going to release them very soon. Wait for it!
Our grandma had a night with the pangolin, after her son found the pangolin on the street and asked for her help to take care of the animal. The very next early morning, he contacted the Ninh Binh FPD and we rushed to come there to pick up our pangolin.
Such a memorable night for all. Our grandma sent every best wish and love to the little friend. Thank you for making this so adorable, grandma!
On 23 March 2021, we were handed over a leopard cat from the Police of Tay Ho District, Hanoi. The man voluntarily gave the kitten said that his friend who worked at a construction site in Thanh Hoa Province had dug a kitten buried under ground, then asked him to take care the cat. After a time caring for the kitten and knowing that the animal belongs to the wild, the man actively contacted the Tay Ho District Police for help. SVW, Cuc Phuong National Park and The Police of Tay Ho District quickly coordinated to bring the leopard cat to the rescue center.
Our leopard cat is now staying in the quarantine areas, hopefully we can release him back to the wild in the near future.
We also rescue two pygmy slow lorises, one on March 17, 2021, from Nghia Dan FPD, Nghe An and the other on March 25, 2021, from Quynh Luu FPD, Nghe An. All cases were handed over voluntarily by local people in Nghe An province. The animals are staying healthy now in the rescue centre at Pu Mat National Park.
In March, our vet team supported Hanoi Wildlife Rescue Centre to take veterinary care of five pangolins. Two pangolins were rescued in January with serious injuries on tails. The team operated some tail surgeries but their wounds are so deep and have necrotic tissues that requires the longer and intense treatment. The other three came in March 25 with injuries on tongue and on leg. Our veterinarians are continuing supporting the Hanoi Wildlife Rescue Centre until all the pangolins are healthy again.
12 wild animals staying in our two rescue centres: Cuc Phuong National Park and Pu Mat National Park were released back into the wild last month. On 20 March, we collaborated with Cuc Phuong National Park release back a common civet which was rescued on December 24, 2020 from Thanh Hoa Province. On 11 March, the other 11 individuals including three Impressed Tortoises, three Burmee Pythons, one Water Monitor Lizard, two Sunda Slow Lorises, and three Pygmy Slow Lorises in Pu Mat finally came back to their nature home. We wish you a freedom life ever after.
Our Education Outreach Coordinator - Ngan completed the design for SVW's Profile. This is a very important document which shows out our most highlight activities and all the teams who make that happen. We hopefully to reach it to more people, especially those want to join us, and make better changes for wildlife.
During March, Education team also worked so hard to prepare for the “Education Program to raise awareness of nature and wildlife conservation in Pu Mat National Park, 2021-2022”. We have reached to the DOET of Con Cuong District, Nghe An province, the representatives of primary and secondary schools in the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park, also completed the training for educators, and education materials are ready. Hurray! There are about 4,500 students around the Park who will learn, then love and take actions to protect our wildlife!
Long and Mai, our researchers are on their field trip in a protected area where we release the pangolins. With applying wild drones in tracking post-released pangolins instead of manual tracking which can track only one animal at a time, we can rapidly search large areas and simultaneously collect information of multiple tagged pangolins, saving time and human efforts. However, the monitoring and receiver equipment of wild drone is facing many difficulties due to the complicated mountainous terrain in Vietnam. We need to increase the accuracy of the devices and their durability to keep working on this, which requires more expenses and unaffordable right now.
At this moment, the team have been collecting signals from four out of five pangolins in the areas since January.
The anti-poaching team and rangers in Pu Mat National Park detected 11 people entering the forest illegally, destroyed 353 traps and 17 hunting camps, confiscated one electro fishing and three batteries, two new logging trees were also found. During the patrol, the team also found a decomposed trapped Truong Son Mountain and a decomposed trapped wild boar. The summary patrol result can be found below:
Welcome Hung Phung - Public Engagement Officer and Trang Dang - Education Outreach Intern to the Education Outreach team.
Trang Dang is a final-year student at Hanoi University of Science and Technology, majoring in English for Science and Technology. Born and raised in the city of Hanoi, she still has a special love for nature and animals. Therefore, Trang grabbed the chance to work at Save Vietnam's Wildlife. Trang has moved to Pu Mat National Park to pursue her career in conservation to contribute to making the world a more humane and habitable place for both animals and humans.
Hung Phung graduated in Journalism and Communication, Vietnam National University and had over 6 year experience in communication, advertising, and building culture in internal engagement. Hung is also the founder of Local Bookable - a NGO that shaped the Vietnam local library network to support private and community libraries in Vietnam to grow in the way of sustainability. In Fall 2019, Hung was one of two Vietnamese awarded of the YSEALI Professional Fellow Program, theme Civic Engagement which takes part in Montana and Washington DC, The United State. In 2021, with his expertise and experience, Hung decided to join SVW to promote wildlife conservation in Vietnam.
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 March 2021.
7 Bridges Brewing Company
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
Action for Wildlife Organization
Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA) e.V.
National Geographic Society
Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust
National Zoo Australia
Bosua by BOO
Nurtured by Nature
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Ocean Park Conservation Fund
Olsen Animal Trust
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Skyland Productions GmbH
David Shepherd Wildlife Conservation
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Taiwan Forestry Bureau
Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Denver Zoo Explorer Post
TH True Milk
EAZA's Small Carnivore Taxon Advisory Group
The Biodiversity Foundation
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
The Mohamed bin Zayed
Flying Pangolin Film
The Zoological Society of London
THU MINH and OTTO
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Friends of Tallinn Zoo
USAID Saving Species
Future For Nature Adward
Global conservation force
Global Wildlife Conservation
Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust
Wild & Free - Rehabilitation and Release
Wild Planet Trust
Hong Kong Full Circle Foundation
Humane Society International
Wildlife Conservation Network
International Otter Survival Fund
Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Leibniz Institute For Zoo and Wildlife Research
Life Science Diversity Foundation
Xuân Mai Group
Minara Nature Foundation
Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative
Individual donors via our website
Natalie De Lucia
Hazel M Watts
Anne Marie Lebas
Cathy Y Kang
SHAO JU SHAN
Katie Lorraine McCarthy
Thuc Binh Lam
Dr.zippelius Srl Unipersonale
Individual donors via other channels
Connon Alan John
Nguyen Thanh Ngoc Han
Vu Ngoc Bao Minh
Trinh Thi Huong
Thang Yen Dao
Nguyen Mai Thao Nhung
Fb Dong Y
Vietnam's precious wildlife thanks you for your invaluable contribution to our work!