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Dear Friends and Supporters,

We would like to bring you lots of exciting news happened in October that prove wildlife conservation is getting national and international attention over time. 

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Rescue, rehabiliate, and release

Pangolin is rescued in Son La

On 5th October 2019, a Sunda pangolin was rescued successfully from Sop Cop’s police, Son La province. The pangolin was looked after in the Cuc Phuong’s quarantine station, with a plan for a future release.

3 pangolins are rescued in Quang Tri

On 8th October, SVW rescued 5 pangolins in Huong Hoa, Quang Tri. When police officers discovered them, they were locked in net bags and stuffed in iron cages. All of them had signs of dehydration due to transportation, especially one of them who had severe necrosis in the tail. Sadly, the pangolin whose necrosis in the tail was too weak then died in the center, and one died the day after because of bad stomach problem. The other 3 pangolins were taken care of in the quarantine area.

3 pangolins and 1 turtle are rescued in Quang Nam

The police detected and confiscated 5 pangolins and 1 Indochinese Box Turtle in the house of a local trader. The suspect was subsequently arrested.
Sadly, one of the female pangolins gave birth to a baby but both of them died before the police arrived. All of animals had signs of dehydration due to transportation and being kept in inappropriate conditions. The turtle is under the care of the Turtle Rescue Center of the Asian Turtle Program. The pangolins are being taken care of in SVW’s quarantine area.

Despite receiving a lot of pangolins from illegal hunting and transportation, the number is not much if compared to last the few years. This means that law enforcement of wildlife in our country is being improved, making a significant contribution to the conservation of pangolin in the region that was previously considered a transit point for wildlife trade to China.

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9 pangolins and 5 otters are released

9 pangolins have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade and have been taken care of at our rescue center for over 2 months now. We are pleased to announce that they have been released and are now roaming around in the wild.

We also were able to release 5 otters that were rehabilitated in our new otter enclosures in 2 groups back to a safe habitat. In total, we had successful released 11 rescued otters into the wild within this year. 

Wishing them a happy and safe life!

Photo by Shay Brechbuhler.

Pangolin monitoring in the semi wild area at SVW

A baby pangolin was born at our center last year and a transmitter was attached to it. The transmitter comes attached to a ‘sling’, this is a strip of flexible webbing which allows the unit to be screwed onto a large scale on the hind quarters of the pangolin, which is currently the favoured attachment method.

The transmitter will be trialed on captive Sunda pangolins in SVW for a minimum of two weeks. This will enable us to closely monitor for signs of stress (e.g. weight loss, appetite loss, rapid climbing or running, repeated movements, clawing at the enclosure mesh or door). Transmitters and attachment techniques will be assessed for durability and reliability.

Halloween with the binturong

To celebrate Halloween, our volunteers carved a Halloween watermelon for our binturong, Hoi An. Our head keeper and one of the volunteers tied the watermelon to a branch in her cage. At first, it was quite a challenge for her to get to the watermelon. But she eventually found a way and was able to reach the fruit pieces out of the carved watermelon. She enjoyed the treat so much. Creating enrichment tools for binturong is a way to improve their quality of life and rehabilitate their behaviors.

You can symbolic adopt a binturong to give them a comfortable life at our center.

Photo by Shay Brechbuhler.

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The great result of the patrolling of October is below.


Director upskills in the Netherlands

From 21st to 26th October , 17 Future For Nature winners, including Mr. Thai Nguyen Van, SVW Director, were in the Netherlands for insightful workshops, developing personal skills, learning from each others challenges and knowledge as conservationists, and inspiring young and enthusiastic minds of the Future For Nature Academy!

Photo by Future For Nature.

Our vets present their research at National University of Agriculture

Hoai and Jess, our vet staff gave a presentation about an unknown pangolin disease at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture’s Pathology Conference. This conference was a good opportunity to solidify our growing relationship with the university. We are writing up these cases with a veterinarian from the US and hope to submit them to colleagues of ours for professional review.

Daniel Willcox, Science Advisor attends IUCN SSC Leaders meeting

The IUCN has issued an urgent call to massively scale up species conservation action in response to the escalating biodiversity crisis.

The Abu Dhabi Call for Global Species Conservation Action appeals to the world’s governments, international agencies and the private sector to halt species decline and prevent human-driven extinctions by 2030, and to improve the conservation status of threatened species with a view to bringing about widespread recovery by 2050. In the short term the Call is for an ambitious target on species conservation to be agreed by governments in 2020 – to be supported by a strong programme to implement the target.

Visitors and Experience Exchanges

Conservation Director from Zimbabwe shares her skills of pangolin conservation in South Africa

We were lucky to have Ms. Ellen - Conservation Director of Tiki Hywood Foundation from Zimbabwe visit our rescue center end of September. Ms. Ellen appreciated the rescue and recovery activities of wildlife at the center. Additionally, she also had a presentation to share about pangolin conservation activities in Zimbabwe with us. That was such a helpful talk to help SVW staff gain more knowledge about conservation activities and the law enforcement system in Zimbabwe.

Life Science Associate visits from Singapore Zoo

Mr. Ade Kurniawan, Life Science Associate from a Wildlife Reserve in Singapore come to visit the center in October. We were very grateful that he shared his specific husbandry knowledge and experience in the rehabilitation and release of pangolins and otters.

Researcher, Tan is sponsored to attend essential research and conservation skills course in Borneo

Tan, one of our researchers attended a training course in Borneo during the month of October. Tan was the only Vietnamese researcher who was sponsored to attend, among 24 young researchers from 14 different countries.

The Tropical Biology Association Training Field course 2019 was held in Danum Valley, with a focus on proposal writing, reporting, conservation and field skills for multiple species. Attendees also had time to discover and enjoy the beauty of biodiversity there as well as see some rescue centers for sun bears and orangutans in Sipelok. In addition, Tan had a chance to exchange knowledge, experience and share successful stories about conservation with the attendees. Tan hopes to put all knowledge and skills learnt from the course into practice in his work at Save Vietnam’s Wildlife.

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Fundraising Successes
Closing event of Xuan Mai’s fundraising campaign

Xuan Mai Corporation organised an event to talk about the results of their campaign "Drawing Your Green Dream" - a fundraising program with the desire to spread the love for nature and the environment to the community. We are very grateful for the fundraising efforts of the company and we are delighted that it was so successful.

After just 2 months, the campaign received 10,000 paintings that were submitted from all regions of the country resulting in VND 100 million being donated by Xuan Mai Saigon Investors to Save Vietnam's Wildlife (SVW).

Xuan Mai Corp auctioned 3 of the winning paintings with a total amount of 15.5 million being raised for the paintings. The money will go directly to our education program and enable us to continue our work to educate the community and children.

We would like to thank everybody for taking part in the Drawing your dream campaign and in doing so sending their love to Vietnam’s wildlife!

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Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V Vingroup
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
WildAid 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
Wildlife Global Conservation Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA) e.V.
Fondation Segré Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
National Geographic Australian Volunteers
Global Wildlife Conservation Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
National Zoo Australia Action for Wildlife Organization
Taiwan Forestry Bureau International Otter Survival Fund
Skyland Productions GmbH Bosua by BOO
Catkin Media Fortuna Hotel
Flying Pangolin Film

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Wildlife Planet Trust

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Connor Mcbriarty Ho Yan Chung Peter Thomas
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Donna Ramil Julia Vidal Thai Nguyen
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