Exploring the Effective Use of Celebrities in Wildlife Demand Reduction: Changing Perceptions of Pangolins in Vietnam

Celebrities are often used to increase awareness, and change attitudes and/or behaviour towards illegal wildlife product consumption. However, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of celebrity endorsement. This project seeks to test celebrity effectiveness in influencing consumption behaviour of pangolin meat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

As part of the project we have collected prevalence data on the consumption of pangolin products in Ho Chi Minh City using the indirect questioning method the Unmatched Count Technique. Research results will be published and publicly available midway through 2020. 

This project is being led by one of our Co-Directors, Alegria Olmedo, who is based at the University of Oxford in the Zoology Department and is part of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade. She is working closely with local partner, Save Vietnam's Wildlife for data collection and project implementation. The project is being funded by the National Geographic Society and the Oxford Martin School.


Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade


Interdisciplinary Center for Conservation Science


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