Thai Van Nguyen is without a doubt, a pangolin hero and an inspiration for conservation. He is the Executive Director of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife and works tirelessly to protect not just pangolins, but several species native to his home country.
We were lucky enough to hear about Thai through a mutual Vietnamese friend who put us in touch. Within a few months, we had experienced first-hand the remarkable work of the whole team at SVW and that is how our first partnership and project began.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is a local Vietnamese Non-Profit Organisation which works to protect and increase wild populations of currently threatened Vietnamese species and their habitats. SVW works with Cuc Phuong National Park to support the operations of the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program. These operations include rescue, rehabilitation and release of species confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade such as civets, binturongs and pangolins. In addition, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is working towards improving an education center in Cuc Phuong National Park to inspire visitors and future generations to do their part to ensure the survival of these species.
The team works tirelessly to provide the best care possible to those animals they have rescued — in fact, SVW’s facility is one of the only ones in the world that has achieved at keeping pangolins in captivity! Rescued animals do not stay at the center long, just long enough to recover from injuries or illnesses from the illegal trade and then they are released back into the wild.
SVW members' work ranges from feeding and caring for the animals at the centre late at night, to attending international pangolin meetings to support global conservation of these species, going on 30 hour long drives in a pangolin-release mission, raising awareness for pangolins at a national and international level, and of course, acquiring more funds and resources to support SVW’s work.
People for Pangolins is dedicated to assist Save Vietnam’s Wildlife in securing funds to continue their work and furthermore, to supporting their future work in reducing consumption of pangolin derivatives in Viet Nam. Much of the financial support we provide covers medical supplies to rehabilitate pangolins at the rescue center. The images below show the SVW team delivering medical care from funds raised by our #pumpit4pangolins 2016 campaign!