Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is an NPO founded in 2014 to provide more effective solutions for securing the future of Vietnam’s wildlife. Set up by Thai Van Nguyen, formerly of the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program (CPCP), SVW now operates in a collaborative partnership with Cuc Phuong National Park.
Established with the vision to develop harmony between people and nature in Vietnam, as a place where wildlife is given an opportunity to flourish, SVW’s core objective is to help ensure the future of Vietnam’s varied and incredible diversity. As the loss of vital habitat continues, and the illegal trade in wildlife flourishes, SVW fears the current situation is declining rapidly.
SVW works closely with other agencies to support the confiscation of illegally traded wildlife and support the conservation of wild populations. As part of their efforts to create sustainable communities of Vietnam’s wildlife populations they take part in rescue, rehabilitation and release programmes, ensuring that animals are placed into suitable and secure habitats.
An essential part of their work includes conducting scientific research to gain a better understanding of the wildlife they protect, and how they are best able to conserve them, both in the wild and captivity. Using results of their research, they develop programmes to educate and train law enforcement officers and to create positive perceptions and attitudes towards the conservation and protection of Vietnam’s wildlife.
In addition to the general conservation of wildlife, they work to protect and conserve specific species. Among these is the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program which works towards the conservation of small carnivores and pangolins in Vietnam, based in Cuc Phuong National Park.
Under their mandate, they focus on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of carnivores and pangolins confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade; and the development of global conservation breeding programmes for threatened carnivores and pangolins.
Working closely with government to advise on policies and advocate for law change, they also provide training for the Forest Protection Department and Environment on how to identify species, care for them, and handle legal requirements. This is a critical part of improving law enforcement’s ability to combat the illegal wildlife trade, and to improve re-settlement options for confiscated pangolins.
As well as creating awareness of issues affecting wildlife preservation among the government and law enforcement, they work closely with other rescue centres to build and develop their capacity in animal welfare. Together, they work on behavioural change and awareness campaigns with multiple publics throughout the country.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is committed to protecting and increasing the populations of Vietnam’s threatened wildlife. Acting to identify and select the best solutions, they are able to protect entire populations of threatened animals and ensure that suitable habitats are secured and remain protected. Through their ongoing education programmes, they are empowering people to take the right actions.