Save Vietnam's Wildlife Monthly Newsletter
March 2016
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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Conservation Education reaches out to the world!
We are very happy to announce wonderful news! Our Conservation Education and Outreach Manager, Lan Thi Kim Ho won the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE) Grants Program to participate in the 2016 IZE Conference hosted by Fundación Temaiken, Argentina. She is the only Asian sponsored delegate. Congratulations Lan, she will present the education work of our Carnivore and Pangolin Education Centre to the conference. We hope that this workshop will bring us more opportunities to learn from others and share our experience with others.
Creating a strong and tight conservation network in Vietnam.
More than 5000 people received our conservation message in this month when we attended Earth Hour and UNIS Camp in Hanoi. According to BOOVironment who hosted Earth Hour about 10.000 people participated in the event, of these over 2000 people visited our stand. The number of students who came to UNIS Camp and joined with us was even more.
At the Earth Hour Festival, we transmitted the message “Pangolin belongs to the wild” to more than 2000 young people. Most of them came with their friends and family to find out more about ecological lifestyles. Many parents signed up to receive our monthly newsletter. At the event, we also got many opportunities to cooperate with lots of club leaders working on wildlife and environment issues in Hanoi. After the event, we actively engaged with the “Biodiversity Philately Vietnam” club to help them with animal information, photos, videos, and display posters, so that more teenagers can feel more involved with conservation in Vietnam and spread out the conservation message by their own voices.
We also set up an information and activity stall in Hanoi on Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Day 26th March, when all students are free from their busy studies to enjoy outdoor activities, we brought an idea of introducing the animals to children. A lot of students told us that it was their first time hearing about pangolins and binturongs. Some children did not even want to leave our stand because they were having so much fun.
Attend Wildlife Demand Reduction Efforts in Vietnam: What’s working?
On 26th March, we were delighted to attend a day workshop on ‘Wildlife Demand Reduction Efforts in Vietnam’, hosted by Freeland which focused on behavior change: approaches; tools developed; and results to date. We had an opportunity to share and learn from all “behavior change” campaigns aimed at reducing wildlife consumption conducted in Vietnam over the last five years.
Growing international awareness of our work
As awareness of pangolins grows so too does the interest in our work. In March another international story was published about us in National Geographic Online and was expanded and republished in the Huffington Post. Thai and Gillian (our new Communications and Development Advisor) also did a podcast, which you can listen to here
Please read full the articles here:
Happy Ending for Smuggled Scaly Anteaters
For Pangolins, A Long Hard Road to Freedom
Giving rescued animals the best chance to survive.
Looking after pangolins in captivity is well known to be a difficult business.  That is one of the reasons why we try to release animals back into wild as soon as possible and also why we work so hard to stop them being poached in the first place.

Sometimes a pangolin comes in with serious wounds from traps and we do our best to fix their injuries with the best veterinary care we can, sometimes they come in sick and we don’t know what is wrong. In order to find out, we take blood and feces samples and send them off to pathology labs, we take swabs and look for parasites under the microscope, we administer medicine when required. We have a series of consultant vets visit us and help us improve our skills and this year we are hoping to soon hire a vet. We get upset when any animal under our care is sick or dies, but we make sure that we try and learn from every experience.  Medical supplies and equipment are one of bigger expenses with the captive care, and they are an essential part of work.
Mapping stage of social research.
The final results of our social survey will contain a detail map of pangolin consumption distribution in Vietnam. At the moment we are loading GPS co-ordinate points into our database so that we can create precise Geomaps that correlate to the survey. The map will help us match consumption and location, which will be essential in targeting our campaigns and further research.
Busy planning for Vietnam’s first Pangolin Conservation Action Plan.
Thanks to grants from Humane Society International (HIS), Taronga Zoo and Future for Nature, we are convening Vietnam’s first National Pangolin Conservation Action Plan (PCAP).

Since the beginning of 2016, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has worked directly with Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to launch the PCAP process. The National Action Plan will include our efforts to fully support all eight Pangolin species being uplisted to CITES Appendix I. The PCAP will create clear priority actions to enable all stakeholders to contribute effectively and efficiently to pangolin conservation without overlapping between organisations.

As the event gets closer we will fill you in with more details.
Healthy body healthy mind.
Animals need not only a healthy body but also a healthy mind. One of the ways that we look after our animals is providing them with what is called ‘environmental enrichment’. This means that we deliver food to our rescued animals in way that mimic, as best we can, how they would get food in their natural environment.

This month, our environmental enrichment for the leopard cats was live mice and fish. All the leopard cats caught and ate their food very well. The binturongs were excited to look for food which was hidden in their enclosure in bamboo tubes and responded well to their enrichment tools.
Renovation of quarantine underway.
Since our last release of 16 pangolins in February, we have had a rare moment when our quarantine facility has not been full, the keepers have been taking full advantage of this uncommon situation and renovating the quarantine.

Twelve of the 20 enclosures and quarantine of pangolins and civets are being upgraded to make a safe, sanitary and comfortable area for animals in our care.
The multitalented man!
In SVW rescue centre, everyone calls Mr Thu Van Bui, our senior wildlife keeper “multitalented man”. Why?
Because he can do everything!
He is a caring and knowledgeable keeper, who not only care so much for all our animals but he can build enclosures, repair electricity, and make any kind of enrichment tools you could think of, talking about his job satisfaction, he told us “I feel happy every time I see pangolins, they go out of their burrow to near me and climb on my feet likes a little child”.
The ant man!
Mr Thu is also a skilled bushman and our lead ant hunter. Whenever we need live ants, he is the man we rely upon. When we get new pangolins in, we need to feed them live ants before we can wean them onto frozen ant larvae.
We simply cannot feed our pangolins live ants every day, we don’t have the resources to do this time consuming task and our local forest cannot sustain us taking that many ants every day.  In the wild, pangolins can eat up to 200.000 ants per day, so we now must buy frozen ant larvae from the South of Vietnam. It costs 10 USD a week to feed our pangolins.
Being a humorous and thoughtful person, Mr Thu is willing to help everybody without any hesitation. As part of the Muong ethnic community, he grew up in Cuc Phuong with a close affection for forest and animals here. Mr Thu has devoted his life to take care all threatened species in our centre for 12 years with his sincere love.
One of his favorite animals is pangolin, he said “I love pangolin as my family member and it seems for me that the pangolins here have seen me as their father too”. Mr Thu started taking care for pangolin since 2005 until now.
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
People for Pangolins;
Ho Chi Minh city University of Transport
Louisa Jaskulski
Andrew Wolstenholme
Janet Anderson
Arthur Hobby
Sarah Stanton-Nadin
Richard Evans
Sheri Costas
Grant Stewart
Davison Robert
Rosamund Shannon
Sue Mawson
Stephen Tombs
Charlotte Davis
Coral Keegan
Sarah Friedel
Kristi Lund
Wm David Walker
Sarah Friedel
Joyce Wang
Derek Milroy
Rudy Scheffer
Reinhord Feuchel
Trinh Hiep
Tran Van Trung
Jeffrey Pekrul
Simon Tiffin
Gilbert Martin
Paul White
Patsie Goulding
Barbara Moffet
Dalia Gabriela Hernandez Acosta
Val Saunders
Deborah Glass and her class
Yasemin Cennet Sünbül
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