CITES Appendix I is here!
Thai went to Africa with a misson...
Dear Friends and Supporters, on 21 September 2016,
our Executive Director - Thai - brought to
a message from Vietnam: move all 8 Pangolin species to
And shared with us the big news!
After a week of hard work, collaborating
with other NGOs, lobbying all CITES parties, Thai
finally witnessed the victory moment for Pangolins: four
Asian and four African species were moved to Appendix I.
He shared his thoughts afterwards:
"We would like to
thank all parties who made a great contribution for
pangolin conservation efforts. Thank you to all
organizations who worked very hard to achieved our
But what does this mean?
Mission accomplished! These are some benefits from
Appendix I for pangolins:
trade for wild specimens is banned
greater protection in all countries
clear messages to consumers
increases the domestic protection for enforcement
priority for the species as many CITES parties use CITES
to apply national law
reduce the complexity of enforcing our national
laws, will reduce the workload associated with the
interception of pangolin products as all punishments
will be the same
investment from government and NGOs to address issues to
save the species from extinction.
September was such a busy month for all of our staff.
Advocacy – we contributed for pangolin
It is the first time ever that all NGOs
shared the same goal to work hard to support the uplisting
of all 8 pangolin species to CITES Appendix I. At the CITES
CoP17 – South Africa, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife presented
providing evidence of the increasing pangolin trade and the
high demand of pangolin meat and scales in Asia. We also
actively lobbied the CITES parties to help them understand
the seriousness of the pangolin crisis so that they would
support pangolin conservation. Before CoP17, Save Vietnam’s
Wildlife also presented on the challenges of pangolin
conservation at the first pangolin range start meeting in
Vietnam, Sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee –
Switzerland, and the IUCN Wildlife Conservation Congress –
Hawaii. Uplisting all 8 pangolin species to Appendix I is a
victory for us and for other organizations and parties.
Building capacity for government
Phuong - our CPCP manager - lectured a
training course hosted by WCS, Vietnam Police Institute and
U.S Fish and Wildlife Services as a lecturer about wildlife
recognition. The attendees also had one session with our
animals in enclosures. This helped the government officers to
improve understanding on carnivore and pangolin conservation
status, identification and placement options for confiscated
Research – Where is Chinese
Chinese Pangolins still extant in Vietnam? That's
the question our research team has been working on.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has started the project to
interview the local communities, hunters and government
officers to find the present and conservation status of
Chinese pangolin in Vietnam. Last month, our field team
carried interview with local minorities, former hunters
around Cuc Phuong National Park. The team will continue
to expand to many other national parks and nature
reserves across the northern and central Vietnam.
Education Outreach - Kids tour
at our Education Center
Our Education Center also welcome a
hundred students and teachers from United Nations
International School of Hanoi, coming to be charmed by Lan's
story-telling skill and Hoi An - the friendliest binturong
in our center.
Ex-situ conservation - 33
In September, we had chance to work
with we had a chance to work with Ha Noi Wildlife Rescue
Center (WRC) – the largest government-run rescue center in
Vietnam. The release went well. It is the first time WRC
has rescued and released the pangolins successfully.
Building capacity for other rescue centres in Vietnam is one
of our strategic goals. We are looking forward to continuing
our support for Hanoi WRC and other centres to maximize the
chance of confiscated pangolins from illegal trades being
returned to the wild and contribute for conservation of wild
We also made a video to say thanks to all supporters
of the fundraising campaign for the release which
was another small achievement that we want to share
Role of rescue center — CITES CoP17
CITES Article VII requires Parties to
provide placement options for confiscation of specimens in
the case of live animals. Save Vietnam’s Wildlife presented
about the role of rescue centres in species conservation.
Rescue centres are not just institutions which look after
the welfare of living wildlife, but they are also part of
the solution in encouraging the combatting of the illegal
trade. We shared our experience in the rescue,
rehabilitation and release of confiscated animals in Vietnam
and the issues that need to be addressed and provided
guidance for establishing and working with rescue centres
designated under CITES.
And these stories keep us going
An Origami gift from Nguyen Son Nam
Inspried by our most recent pangolin release, Nam - a
22 year-old Vietnamese spent six days to make an Origami
pangolin. Even more amazing, he used
Zó - one of the oldest Vietnamese traditional paper
for this design. Take a look!
A graphic designer from L.A
This is Elena. She just quit her job in L.A,
travelled to Cuc Phuong to be our volunteer designer for
two months to help us strengthen and develop our brand
identity. Besides doing great work for us, she has been
really enjoying the perk of being a new-comer at SVW: a
tour around Cuc Phuong National Park and Ninh Binh.
You will start seeing the results of Elena's work
A lecture in Moscow
Sofia, our volunteer artist who painted
beautiful murals for the Kid’s room in our education
centre? She is now spreading the word about our work
back in her home country of Russia via several lectures
about civets, leopard cats, binturongs, pangolins and
SVW center for school teachers in Moscow Zoo.
Так, что это за
Volunteer with us – Read two
blog posts from our volunteers
Laura Ealing wrote a
piece about her two-month experience as a volunteer.
Acording to her,"Like an
emotional vampire, I was soaking up the commitment and
passion of the team at SVW."
And this is another beautiful line from Peter Cooper: "Pangolins, animals,
nature – they’re magic. That’s why conservationists still
go on, even when all seems impossible. Because of
magic.". You can
read the rest
As always, amazing experience is waiting at our
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