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