Dear Friends, in the last month of 2020, we are grateful for your endless support despite many difficulties that the pandemic Covid-19 has brought to all of us. After many rescue and release trips during the year, about 100 wild animals are under the rehabilitation process at our rescue centres, some will stay, but many of them are ready to go home!
If you love the cold winter, you are going to love that cold weather is everywhere over the North and Centre of Vietnam now. And our wild residents and new rescu-ers at Cuc Phuong and Pu Mat National Park has been preparing for that since early winter, until now, many heating lights and enrichment items have been continuously added to their enclosures, ensuring a cozy life for each wild individual. About 100 wild animals are staying with us, less active than in the hot summer, but chilling under such care. A new release trip is almost ready for the new year, wait for it!!!
Local people voluntarily handed over wild animals
Local people in Centre Vietnam - Nghe An province start contacting rescue centre to hand over wild animals. In December. we handled two cases: 1 Pig-tailed Macaque and 1 Red-faced Macaque. We believe that with strenthening education outreach activities, people will learn to understand and love nature and wildlife in a sustainable way: no more hunting and using, no more keeping wildlife as pets.
6 December 2020: 6 Sunda Pangolin were rescued
6 Sunda Pangolin were confiscated from illegal trade by the Police of Ninh Binh province, and then rescued by our RRT team. The tourist bus illegally carrying them was on the way from Central Highland of Vietnam to Hanoi.
On 14 December, this leopard cat was confiscated by the Police of Luong Son District, Hoa Binh Province from illegal trade. A man in Luong Son district trapped the leopard cat as the animal caught chickens at his home. He decided to sell the leopard cat and was seized on the way.
On 15 December, the police of Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi confiscated 2 owston civets from a man in Phu Tho. He bought the civets in Yen Bai province, raised them at home for a few days and then brought them to Hanoi for selling. He was also got caught while transfering the animals.
22 December: 3 Pangolin were rescued
The Crime Investigation Department - Environmental Police of Thanh Hoa Province and the Public Security Police of Bim Son Town confiscated the pangolins from a bus No. 43B-054.96. The driver declared that a man in Huong Thuy, Hue asked to transfer the animals to Giap Bat bus station, Hanoi.
On 24th December: rescue 1 Small Clawed Otter and a Common Civet
The Police of Kim Son District, Ninh Binh Province confiscated a Small Clawed Otter and five Squirrels from a local who illegally kept them at home as pets. On the same day, a Common Civet was confiscated by the FPU of Thuong Xuan District, Thanh Hoa Province from illegal trade.
On 30 December, a Pangolin and three Common Civets were confiscated by the Police Investigation Agency of Cam Lo District, Quang Tri Province from illegal trade. One of the Common Civet was found already dead. The other two civets were so panic and one got hurt on the front left paw.
Local people in Pu Mat National Park have been traditionally dependent on the forests for their livelihood and their living habits. Many people who live in the core of the forest do not have chance to approach to law provisions or changes in law provisions regularly, especially regarding wild animals and forest products. Education and Outreach team has finished the designs for community proganda board with information focusing on prohibited activities and penalties accordingly, and is surveying the locations for these boards. This is among the first crucial steps to stop people from illegal hunting, using, and trading wild animals.
27 interviews with Kopi Luwak farmer owner were implemented in December by Research team in Dak Lak, Vietnam. The civets are often kept in poor cramped cages in these facilities. Most of them are Common Civets, Small Idian Civets, Chinese Ferret Badgers, and Masket Palm Civets. Some owners also shared that many individuals were original from wildlife, some said the domesticated animals were easier to raise and had higher survival rate.
Using electrical impulses and mines to catch fish is regarded as a life-threatening method. Not only fish but millions of aquatic creatures are killed, fishery resources cannot reproduce. Electrical impulses leaves negative impacts on human nerves, destroys red blood cells, even there were cases the fishermen died because of the explosives. This month, the team handled 5 cases and detected 13 fishing shacks like this.
Many people still enterred the forest illegally in the last month of the year. 21 camps and 96 traps were destroyed, 1 electric trigger for catching fish was confiscated. Noticeably, two violators were confiscated for transporting 30 kg of wild boars out of the forest.
Here is the detail of the team’s achievement in December 2020:
The team - Welcome New Member!!!
Welcome Tran Nam Trieu to SVW Family
Trieu starts working with Save Vietnam's Wildlife as a Vet Assistant from 16 December 2020. Welcome on board, hope you will contribute your best to wildlife conservation!
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 December 2020.
7 Bridges Brewing Company
Action for Wildlife Organization
National Geographic Society
Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA) e.V.
National Zoo Australia
Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust
Nurtured by Nature
Bosua by BOO
Ocean Park Conservation Fund
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Olsen Animal Trust
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
David Shepherd Wildlife Conservation