Dear Friends, we have so many good things to share with you this month: seven more pangolins are coming home, many rescue trips, and an amazing education program for children.
Grab some coffee and read on.
Rescue, Rehalibitation, and Veterinary activities
2 more pangolins were rescued
Last month, two pangolins were found by the government officials under the cover of a tourist bus. Our RRT arrived at the site right then, brought back the pangolins and put them in our best condition quarantine. One pangolin had serious injures on the back limb.
On the same day, another team rescued two pig tailed macaques from a hotel in the central city of Vietnam. Luckily, all animals are staying safe under the care of our rescue centre at Pu Mat National Park.
A leopard cat was voluntarily transfered
A man in Thai Binh province voluntarily handed over the leopard cat to us after his friend caught the cat on a field. Since then, the leopard cat has been under our team close care and showed some significant mental healing process. Hopefully he will be released back soon to the wild.
Life of a ferret badger was saved
A ferret badger was saved by a kind family before transfering to us. The poor animal was being sold on the street by a drunk ethnic man in moutainous areas. Looking at the scared face of the animal, the family decided to buy him, brought him with them to Hanoi, and found some advise from the internet to help him. With serious injuries on the back limb, the badger are treated by our dedicated vet team and rehabilitating very well.
Support Cat Tien National Park rescue an otter
A man living in the South contacted us as he wanted to hand over an otter - a gift from his friend before, and he does not want to keep wild animals at home. Truong, our head keeper immediately sent this case to Cat Tien NP to rescue the animal. The health of the otter is stable and can be released soon.
In November, our keepers at Pu Mat National Park cooperated with Animal Asia team to improve the lives of two bears in quarantine areas and make enrichment activities. Tuan - the keeper also cut and replaced trees in pangolin areas, making sure that all animals have good conditions to get through this bitter winter.
One rescued pangolin in early November had severe injuries in the back limb, which left caseation. Our vet team had a health check and then a sugery cutting the limb. His life was saved and he is getting better gradually. Smile now, pangolin, you have a new journey awaiting!
A southern serrow needs help
The police of Thanh Hoa Province confiscated a southern serrow from illegal trade and transferred to Cuc Phuong NP. Sadly, the southern serrow was so weak with many serious injuries. Our vet team tried the best to save his life but after three days treatment, we had to say goodbye to the animal.
7 pangolins were released back into the wild in November, but this is not a normal release trip. One pangolin lost a paw, another had a toe cut and also a scar on the neck. All spent 6 months in the semi wild areas and needed to pass all our evaluation tests to prove themselves to be adapted well to the nature.
Education: A new season of Valuing Nature in Childhood Program
In just over a month, we gathered nearly 7,000 kids from 32 kindergartens in the buffer zone of Cuc Phuong National Park participating in our education outreach program. The kids love it! It is their first time to know about a creature named Pangolin! In the meetings, we shared the stories of Pangolins and our rescued animals, wildlife and nature, and how important it is to have their future companion and take actions in this endeavor.
Online class creates an exhibition of crafts and multimedia products about Pangolin conservation
In late November, one of our online class - the A4F club (high school students and teachers) created a virtual exhibition to spread words about Pangolin conservation. After the event, the they also sponsored 2,000,000 VND to the wildlife conservation fund. We are so happy that the young generations are envolved in and taking actions to protect wildlife.
More camera traps was placed in the forest
The research team have placed more 36 camera traps in U Minh Ha National Park to gain more insight about the wildlife population here. During the trip, Nguyen Van Tan - our field reseacher also learned the conservation status, patrol activities of the rangers, and key threats to the park's biodiversity. Noticeably, some wild species were observed directly, showing that we need to take strong actions to protect our wildlife habitats.
Illegal hunting was complicated during the month
In November, the anti poaching team and rangers found 292 traps, confiscated 4 guns, destroyed 27 camps, encountered 22 local people illegally entering the forest.
On 22 November night, the team detected two people transporting many parts of a southern serrow. The exhibition was confiscated, two violators were recorded files and transfered to the Police. Southern Serrow is under the list of endangered, precious, and rare species prioritized for protection.
On 12 November, two violators with three dead squirrels found by the team. They were recorded files and confiscated the exhibitions.
More results from our patrol trips are shown in this table below:
Welcome on board - Thong Pham Van to the research team!!!
Thong Pham Van has joined SVW team since 16 November 2020 as our Field Research Manager. He had many years working in the Asian Turtle Program before studying for a Master's degree in a joint course between the University of Forestry and the University of Göttingen - Germany. Thong has extensive experience in animal research, especially turtles and has extensive skills in using camera traps and VHF wave monitoring and surveillance. He also got many articles published in international magazines.
Thank you for joining in the SVW crew! We look forward to your great contributions 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 November 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