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Save Vietnam's Wildlife Monthly Newsletter
May 2016
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Dear Friends and Supporters,
 
May is a wonderful month with lots of great news. For the first time in 14 years we have received an Owston’s Civet which is great news for our Owston’s Civet program. Two Chinese Pangolin were also rescued and are recovering well. Our Education Outreach program is making great gains and our Education Centre is becoming a favourite destination for students to come to learn about Vietnamese conservation issues. Besides that, we keep continuing our efforts on research, animal welfare and advocacy. Let’s start with the first highlight!
First Owston’s Civet rescued in 14 years!
 
On 12th May, an Owston’s civet was voluntarily handed over by Luu Quang Mat, a local person from Long Khanh, Dong Nai Province. He contacted us via our wildlife crime hotline. According to Mr Luu, he bought two Owston’s Civets in 2014 from a local hunter in Ho Chi Minh City and raised them as pets without knowing the species is prohibited for hunting and trading for commercial purposes. One of the civets died due to weakness. After that, he decided to hand over the remaining civet to us.
This Owston’s Civet is one of the rarest civet species in Vietnam. It is classified in group IIB under Decree 32/2006/NĐ-CP and prioritized for protection by the Government. This is the first rescue of an Owston’s Civet to our centre since 2002. The individual is now under special care in our quarantine enclosure.
We highly appreciate this action of Mr Luu by contacting us. It is a great contribution to our Owston’s Civet Conservation Breeding Program which is designed to increase the genetic diversity of wild populations. We also encourage local people to hand over endangered wildlife so that they could be released back to the wild.
 Mr Luu is handing over the civet to SVW
RESCUE, REHABILITATION AND RELEASE
Rescue of two Chinese Pangolins from Nghe An. Government increase pressure on pangolin trade
 
On 19th May, we successfully rescued two Chinese Pangolins from Nam Can International Border, Nghe An Province. According to the Customs Officers, they intercepted a man attempting to bring two Chinese Pangolins and ten Big Head turtles across the border from Laos to Vietnam. After receiving the contact from Forestry Protection Officers who were working with police and customs, we immediately travelled 400 km from our centre to go and pick up these rare Chinese Pangolins and turtles. The turtles were handed over to the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Centre. The pangolins are with us and are currently in a good health.
 
The pangolins are gaining weight and recovering fast. They are being weaned from live ants to ant larvae mix and uncommonly for pangolins seem happier when they are housed together, so we are keeping them together for the time being.
 
From 1st July 2016, the Penal Code Number 100/2015/QH13 strengthens the penalties for hunting, killing, keeping, transporting, and trading pangolins. Accordingly, the crime of trafficking and illegal transporting from 1-6 individuals could face a fine of 500 million VND to 2 billion VND and/or imprisonment of 1 to 5 years. With the number from 7-10 individuals, the penalty of imprisonment will be 5-10 years and 10-15 years with the number is over 10 pangolins.
The confiscated animals at Nam Can International Boder are rescued
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CONSERVATION EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Taking Pangolin off the Menu

This month Biographic featured our work in an article Taking Pangolin off the Menu which features beautiful photos by Suzi Eszterhaus. Suzi has been a great supporter and many of the beautiful photos you see of pangolins were taken by Suzi at our facilities and donated to us. 
To find more about the threats that pangolins are facing recently and our achievements against the circumstance, please visit here
We protect wildlife
 
Since the launching ceremony of Education Centre in February 2016, many people have visited us including education managers, teachers and students from various countries, to learn more about Vietnam’s wildlife and the threats it faces, During their stay, they have signed, pledged and donated to protect Vietnam endangered wildlife. They also participated in numerous games and quizzes and received beautiful postcards from our centre.

Scientists from Bhutan Zoo also came to visit where CPCP Manager, Phuong Quang Tran explained pangolin welfare issue to them.
Lots of activities at Education Centre
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is recognised as a frontline rescue centre for Pangolin in Vietnam
 
On 27th May, VTV4 national broad casting channel cooperated with us to create a special educational video talked about pangolin conservation activities in Vietnam.  In the same day, Paul Blackthorne an actor from the USA who is working with Education for Nature - Vietnam on the Rhino Campaign also visited with the film crew. He spoke highly about our work. Our Director Thai was also interviewed. The television program was broadcast on the World Environment Day (5th June) on VTV4 channel and available on YouTube. For more information, please visit here
Learn from each other’s to develop organising capacity

In the last week of May, we were lucky enough to visit with GreenViet and Frankfurt Zoological Society and get a special tour of Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang Province, where wild colonies of primates are losing their habitat due to over development. GreenViet is another Vietnamese founded and led NGO working in central Vietnam and as we discovered in our meeting we share many concerns and issues. We committed to working more closely together and build stronger conservation networks among Vietnamese conservationists. To find out more about GreenViet.
SVW and GreenViet staff catching up in Danang last week
Using art to inspire kids to learn
 
Sofiya, a talented artist from Russia, volunteered her services to help us complete the Kid room in Education Centre. With a kid friendly style the wall-painting illustrates the lives of all creatures in our centre.  The paintings include learning activities and will be supported by a kid’s guide that Sofiya  and Lan (our Education Outreach Manager) is making. Sofiya came to us via our professional volunteer program that enables skilled professionals to work with us for longer periods of time to collaborate on priority projects. We are so lucky Sofiya found us. We are so excited by the work she is doing. Find out more about our volunteer program here
Sofiya and Lan Ho, our Education Outreach Manager are hard at work
ADVOCACY
Support CHANGE in promoting pangolin conservation campaign in Vietnam
 
This month, we presented a workshop on pangolin ecology, the wildlife trade and findings from our social survey to CHANGE (an arm of WildAid International), as they prepare for a pangolin campaign in Vietnam. By cooperating with other organisations in their campaigns, we hope to ensure that accurate well targeted information is being used while expanding our conservation program more effectively and successfully.
Education Outreach Manager Lan Ho shared our conservation achievements findings in the workshop (CHANGE, Ho Chi Minh City)
ANIMAL WELFARE
Get ready for the next release of one Masked Palm Civet and one Leopard Cat

After one month since the rescue from Nam Dinh Province, the Masked Palm Civet and Leopard Cat have fully recovered. The Leopard Cat can eat very well and is in good shape. The Masked Palm Civet has also improved quickly. His foot injury caused by a snare trap has now healed and he can climb very well on all tree branches in his quarantine enclosure. To improve his body, we also feed him with a nutritional diet of various kind of fruits and meats. All the paper work for releasing animals in Cuc Phuong National is being prepared and we hope to release both soon.
The confiscated animals in quarantine are recovering well
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RESEARCH
Survey on pangolin trade in the North of Vietnam

Following on from our social survey on public attitudes and awareness towards pangolin consumption, we are conducting a survey in five Northern provinces of Vietnam to assess the current status of pangolin trade. The survey will last four weeks and will survey all restaurants and medicine stores in focal consumption provinces in the north.  Results will be presented at the National Action Plan in August. We will also use this data to conduct targeted campaigns to be developed later in the year.
The photos of wildlife products and pangolin scale taken in the survey
OUR TEAM
A special English class
 
As our volunteer program grows our keepers find themselves working with more foreigners and so are keen to learn English so they can be closer to the volunteers.  Every Tuesday and Thursday, our captive members have an entertaining English class with our Communications and Development Advisor, Dr Gillian Fuller. The class focuses on improving speaking ability of captive team in our center, so that there will be no barrier of language between us. What we like the most about this special class is that there is a lot of fun in learning a new language, it makes us feel relaxed and connected to each other.
Our keepers are learning English with Dr Gillian Fuller, our Communications and Development Advisor
We would like to say a big thank you to supporters across the globe, without whom we could not carry out our vital operations.
Organisation Donors Individual Donors
Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, Christine Leeding Jeff Kennedy Janet Anderson
Newquay Zoo, Joseph Odom Dalia Gabriela Hernandez Acosta Louisa Jaskulski
Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V, Andrew Wolstenholme Amber Elmwood Nguyễn Quyết Thắng
Humane Society International, Charlotte Davis Virginia Macpherson Chu Mẫn Chi
Taronga Conservation Society Australia, Cathy Granholm Grant Stewart Lương Nguyên Cát
Wildlife Conservation Network Susan Roxas Stephen Tombs Phong
Future For Nature Ren Yoneyama Sheri Costas Đức Nguyễn
Synchronicity Earth Simon Tiffin Sue Mawson  
The Biodiversity Foundation      
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden      
Croeni Foundation      
Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative      
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