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December is our best friend!

Dear Friends and Supporters, we hope you all had an amazing December. There are so many big achievements we want to share with you.

We had our biggest release with 54 pangolins, started to hand-raise a baby pangolin, are about to finish the first phase of our Chinese pangolin research and cooked something exciting for 2017. Read on to find out more!

Biggest rescue, biggest release in one month

Seventy pangolins from Ninh Binh!

In December, with the help of Ninh Binh police and rangers, we rescued 70 pangolins, brought them back to our center for rehabilitation. According to the police, these pangolins were ordered by two Vietnamese traders from Laos, on the way to be sold on the Vietnam - China border.

Even with the unexpected heavy workload and our quarantine facilities over capcity, our staff managed to save 44 of the rescued, many of whom were in very poor shape on arrival.

Journey of researching a new release site

In order to the keep up with the fast pace of rescue and release we have these days, we need to find a new suitable release site: not so far from our center where there is extant population of pangolins but also secure from poachers.

Our managers picked a location, traveled 900km (round trip) on motorbike and carried out field research at the new site. We worked with local forest rangers and government authorities to find the most effective way to release and to ensure the safety of the animals and the release teams in diffiucult terrain. This will be a long term project where we intend to establish a stronghold for our species therefore, we will be conducting further research and training projects with relevant ranger staff in the very near future.

2 common palm civets rescue

Not only the biggest, this release was the one with most challenges we ever had. It took us nine hours in the forest to release all 54 pangolins. We had to face the dark, steep mountains and valleys, the cold and the struggles of the road.

Our release team finished the release at midnight, took a small rest and then hit the road back to our center.

Biggest release ever: 54 pangolins!

Not only the biggest, this release was the one with most challenges we ever had. It took us nine hours in the forest to release all 54 pangolins. We had to face the dark, the cold and the struggles of the road.

Our release team finished the release at midnight, took a small rest and hit the road back.

How to hand raise an orphan pangolin?

Hai and his parenting experience

Baby pangolins are known for their low survive rate in captivity. Things are even much more challenging with hand raising them. As you may know, there have only been few successful cases with handraising baby pangolins around the world.

Against all odds, we received an orphan pangolin transferred from a rescue in Ha Nam and our Vet, Hai, started to take care of the orphan. Besides his daily jobs, Hai has a new role to play now: a pangolins' mum.

He shared his thought: "It is very exhausting sometimes when I have to wake up in the middle of the night to feed the baby. However, by doing this, I’ve learned so much more about pangolin's body and behavior."

Happy needs care as well

And we have another baby pangolin: Happy. He passed his first three months now and looks really healthy.

We ran a name contest,

received more than 100 suggestions and let our keeper pick the final one. Happy was the favorite because our keeper love its simplicity and the sentence "Happy New Year!".

So does Meepo

After his paw surgery, Meepo lost 2kg and was under stress for weeks. He is recovering, but very slow.

These days, Meepo is closely monitored to see if his climbing and digging skills are good enough to be released. Otherwise, Meepo will join Lucky, become our permanent resident.

Raising our rescued with good standard of animal welfare is not only costly but also consuming a huge a mount of our staff time.
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Good news from Quang Nam

Update from our research team

This month, Mai Anh, our intrepid Field Research Officer, travelled to Central Vietnam to continue her social research work looking for evidence of the Chinese pangolin among communities around Song Tranh and Sao La Nature Reserves.

So far she has interviewed many hunters and people with knowledge of the local forests, all belonging to the ethnic minorities if the Central region, including Co Tu, Ve, Ta Oi and Pa Co communities.She has found approximately 80% of interviewees believe that they have recently seen two species in the surrounding areas and they have positively identified the Chinese pangolin as being one of them. There is also solid evidence that they are actively being hunted and used for consumption and that being close to the border with Lao, individuals will also cross over to hunt in the forests there.

Mai Anh will soon end her long and far-ranging project visiting Ba Na Nui Chua Nature Reserve. However, once she's brushed off the dirt from the road, she will then start to analyse the data and write it all up, so that we can begin the next step: to find the Chinese pangolin!

Tour, train and get trained

Tour for the next generation of animal lovers

At the end of December, we gave 16 kids of British Council staff a tour in our Education Center. Besides learning about Vietnamese carnivores, pangolins and their endangered status, the kids also had chance to witness our keepers in action preparing food for the animals.

Thank you Action for Wildlife Organization for choosing us as the destination and helping foster a love for animals in the next generation.

New suprise coming in 2017

Last month, our team has been working on plan to upgrade our Education Center. We intend to build a new playground, turn the Kids Room in to an exciting nocturnal space with black lights and more interesting ideas that are about to be brought to life.

Right now, we are looking for a budget to make these things happen. Contact us if you have anything to contribute!

Phuong and Hai got training

Last month we also sent two of our staff overseas to be trained.

Phuong, our Education Officer, was in Israel to attend the Environmental Management of Nature Parks and Reserves with 25 other activists from 12 countries, learning about the principles of ecosystem management, ecosystem services and their value. Thanks MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation for funding the trip.

Hai, on the other hand, joined the Vets of Healesville Sanctuary, Australia for two weeks helping the rescued animals and learning more technical skills. He also had chance to work on koala, wombats, kangaroos and other native Australia animals. These precious experiences will definitely help improving our treatments for pangolins and carnivores.

Thank you!

As always, we would like to thank you for your kind support last month. You are the ones who keep us running.


Organisation Donors

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

Newquay Zoo

Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V

Wildlife Conservation Network

Humane Society International

Taronga Conservation Society

Future For Nature

Synchronicity Earth

The Biodiversity Foundation

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

OAK Foundation

Nashville Zoo

Action for Wildlife Organization

Individual Donors

Wilkinson-Brown Kay - Louisa Jaskulski

Janet Anderson - Naomi Doak

Lea Storry - Melaina Cox

Lillian Cummings - Sue Mawson

Stephen Tombs - Sheri Costas

Lillian Cummings - Sally Plummer

Trang Pham - Carol Cushing

Stacey Kerr - Georgette Taylor

Arctictis Binturong Conservation

Peter Kettle - Gabriel Petribu

Celine Campana - Gary Goodwin

Georgina Steadman - Julia Grote

Anthony Calvelage - Hikari Hakozaki

Laurence Adair - Jacqueline Fraser

Krystal Kyle - Karen Lee Montgomery

Christine Duran - Paula Read

Rachel Carless - Helen Cradduck

Kimberly Rose - David Barker

Bertold Marien - Jeff Kennedy

Shirley Taylor - Jamie Schenknecht

Mallory O'Neal - Greg Frankfurter

Federica Cirillo - Steve Wong

Theodore Stankowich - Kaylene Gerster

Marie Patenere - Karen Bongrain

Holly Regan-Jones - Diana Beamish

Melodie Williams - Jeff Dolle

Joseph Odom - Thuy Pham

Amy Goodwin - Peter LaFontaine

Charlotte Davis - Wan Kam

Susanna Taylor - Jan Blaauw

Richard Mckean - Björn Johann

Susannah Rakusin - Mark Holmes-Siedle

Jill Johns - Luise Dräger

Rebekah Cutler - Suzi Eszterhas

Amie Coltman and Oily - Pham Thi Thai Binh

Pham Thanh Huyen - Jordan Sadler

Jiri Linhartadolf- Jarosh- Strasse

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