A Big Release Is Coming! And we need help.
New hope at Soc Son
Dear Friends and Supporters, Ha Noi Wildlife Rescue Centre (aka Soc Son) is the biggest wildlife rescue center in Vietnam. However, for pangolins 'rescue' to Soc Son has been a grim experience. Lack of facilities or capacity to take care of these fragile animals, there has been no pangolins got released.
Last month, 51 pangolins were rescued from a big confisication and transfered to Soc Son from Quang Ninh.
We came with a better deal
After long negotiations Soc Son accepted our offer our help to share their workload: we have a highly skilled SVW keeper at Soc Son who is training staff on pangolin husbandry, we have also donate sufficient pangolin food for the animals as Soc Son, we brought 20 pangolins. back to CPCP and most importantly we negotiated with Soc Son to release back to wild all surviving healthy pangolins. This is a first for Soc Son, the largest rescue centre in Vietnam and is one large step closer to raising animal welfare standard in Vietnamese rescue centers.
At this moment, there are 33 pangolins healthy enough for release back to the wild from both facilities. We are about to release them back to the wild next week. More than that, we will cover all the cost for the release. Here's where you can help.
We have already launched a campaign to cover the costs of this new opportunity via YouCaring. If things go smoothly, it would be a whole new level of engagement with government rescue centers for us. And it would be a new chance at life for the pangolin who have already suffered enough after their ordeals in illegal wildlife trade.
So far, we had a great start
Within 24 hours, we raised 1,170$ and recieved 470 shares from the public. That's good. You can even make it better by joining us, donating, sharing the link or simply changing you Facebook profile picture.
Wait, how's about August? I'm glad that you asked!
We released 20 pangolins
It was a five-day trip with more than 80 hours on the road, we were tired (lack of sleep) and wet (a heavy rain) but extremly happy as the same time to see our pangolins slowly crawling back to the forest. It was an trip to remember.
You can read more about the release here.
And another Leopard Cat
Yes, one more beautiful Leopard Cat back to the wild after a month of care by our keeper.
We had some low moments too
Our hearts get broken with the cases like #PMWA16368. Arcording to Phuong, our CPCP manager, “this is a gruesome death of a pangolin with a hole in the stomach due to wrongful tubing and subsequent rupture”.
We went through it all
Sad cases make our research all the more urgent. Last month, our research team started a project to determine the presence of Chinese Pangolins by conducting surveys with local participants to access their knowledge of the species. Our field researchers will travel all over Vietnam, visit communities around eleven national parks in which Chinese pangolin population evidence has been recorded in past literature.
With the support from friends and volunteers all over the world, like Nashville Zoo or Christa Van Wessem a caring and skilled vet from Paignton Zoo who came to help, and other volunteers, we came over some hard, busy time of August.
Our Volunteer Program is still open and Cuc Phuong weather is just amazing these days. Why don't you join us? Read More »
Meet Renée and Pai Two more on board.
Both shared the love for wildlife, successful careers and years of experiences in conservation. Renée and Pai increased our staff number to 19, surely contributing much to the wildlife protection workforce.
You can check out our staff page to find out more about them.
Meet Hai (again) Rememmber our VET?
Hai got training with Animal Asia
He went to Tam Dao, a bear sanctuary of Animal Asia Vietnam to receive a training course on animal health check and vet care. He came back full of enthusiasm and stories to share plus a new level of experience to offer for our to-be-release pangolins.
Did you know that our research team are looking a Field Research Officer to join the pack?. Check It Out »
Dont Forget! to take a look at our campaign.
Please remmember, even just one share from you means alot to us and our 35 pangolins. Everything counts!