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Pangolins? It was a month of pangolins!

Sixty one were rescued in Thai Binh

Dear Friends and Supporters, last month we had one of our biggest rescues ever when a large truck packed with pangolins and ice boxes was caught in Thai Binh province, North of Vietnam.

Due to the harsh condition of being kept tight plastic bags so close to ice, many of the pangolins were in very bad shape. Three died on the way back, six died several days after. Our vet and keepers managed to save fifty-two pangolins. These pangolins are still being closely monitored by our staff and hopefully all surviving pangolins will be healthy enough for release shortly.

So, another big release will be happening soon!

Seven pangolins from Ninh Binh with cut scales

This case was strange and we are still trying to get the bottom of it. Seven pangolins confiscated by Ninh Binh authorities had still fresh wounds from having their scales clipped or plucked when we arrived to collect them. According to Hai (our Vet), they will recover but the uncovered skin may bring them problems from small injuries to infection or lack of protection from predators when going back to the wild.

Three from elsewhere with the help of rangers

As our relationships with government authorities are getting better, we are receiving more and more animals from confiscation cases. Last month, two pangolins were sent to us by Duy Tien police, Ha Nam province.

We also advised another case in which a pangolin were released back to Pu Mat National Park.

And a baby pangolin!

This one was unexpected. One of our rescued pangolins was pregnant and gave birth the day after arriving at our center. The new-born baby was, no doubt, our star of October.

 A picture is not enough? You can check out the video we posted on Facebook here.




So You Think You Can Help!

Start with a Save Pangolin T-shirt. (But you need to be quick!)

The T-shirts feature the artwork a young, passionate designer named Jordan Sadler, who donated the image. We loved it so much, we decided to make it into a T- shirt. It’s become a staff favorite and now you can buy one from anywhere in the world via Booster.com.

They are 100% cotton, 100% profit come to us and they are only USD 20.
Every T-shirt you buy can help us on food cost for pangolins or enrichment for our current enclosure.


Wear the tee to show the world your support for pangolins!

Campaign ends 30 November.




It was also a month of Outreach and Collaboration

IZE 2016: We made it to Argentina

It was the first trip SVW to Argentina and also the first time for our Education team got to meet up with more than 150 educators, leaders, zoo keepers from all over the world. The theme of the conference was Crafting Effective Narratives. Lan, Our Education Outreach Manager presented ‘the story’ of our Education Centre, our approach, our successes but also our challenges. It was a great opportunity and we thank IZE for sponsoring Lan.

Lan, our Eucation and Outreach manager, shared her thoughts afterward: "People here shared alot about Evaluation which I would like to learn to improve our programs. I am keeping in touch with some experts about this in US and UK, and they keen to help us to develop evaluation for education centre and kids project."


Rescue centre = combat illegal wildlife trade!

We presented about role of rescue centres at the side event at CoP17 in South Africa. "Handling confiscated animals - challenges and recommendations for parties". Rescuing confiscated wildlife is not just the welfare, it plays a key role in combating illegal wildlife trade. It gives hunted and traded animals a second chance to be back to the wild.


Increase survival rates of rescued wildlife

This month we also presented on the issues of rescuing confiscated wildlife from the illegal trade to nearly one hundred prosecutors and judges from the People’s Supreme Court, an event was hosted by USAID Governance for Inclusive Growth Program. While many confiscated animals such as the pangolins are correctly identified and rescued, current law stipulates that if they are to be used in evidence, the animals must be kept at either a ranger station or rescue centre until the prosecution comes to court.

This can lead to years of captivity and overflowing rescue centres, as the trafficked animal awaits it’s captors trial; a sadly ironic fate for a supposedly rescued animal. In light of this, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is currently lobbying lawmakers to change legislation and improve the administration process to ensure better outcomes and treatment of rescued species.




Support us via Wildlife Conservation Network

If you are a US citizen and want to donate to us and get the tax benefit for giving, you can to us via the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) which is based in San Francisco. 100% your donation supports the pangolins and our conservation activities.

Recently, we joined the Wildlife Expo which was organized by WCN at San Francisco. We worked to raised awareness at the Expo to save the most trafficked mammal on earth – pangolins. If you are a US citizen, you can donate to save the pangolin at: www.wildnet.org/pangolin.



Hang on, we also have more to deliver

A refresh for our look!

Elena, our current volunteer graphic designer has been working with the team to freshen up our  brand. All this is getting us prepared for the next big thing: a new website! Our communication team is working hard at the moment building a new easier to navigate, faster loading, more content, mobile friendly website.

Yes, very soon.


Research: Chinese pangolins tracing speeds up

As Mai Anh, our Field Research officer, has been out to the field for more than a month, she gathered alot of treasure information about wildlife trade in gengeral and got closer to Chinese pangolins hunters days by days.

The result of our research is expected to be published at the start of next year.


Meet Nga - our new intern

This is Nga, the new inter of our Education and Outreach team. Nga just graduated from Hanoi University of Natural Resource and Envinronment. She is very passionate about conservation education and the ten month with the team would definetly set a good foudation for her career choice.

 We are also looking for a new International Technical Advisor to join our team. Learn More »



Last thing to remember

Our Save Pangolins T-shirts campaign only lasts for three weeks. Don't miss your chance!

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