Thai Van Nguyen - Founder
A pangolin with her baby
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) is committed to protecting and increasing populations of threatened wildlife in Vietnam through rescue, rehabilitation & release, and protection of habitats. They also carry out scientific research to understand threats to wildlife, and run education programmes highlighting issue faced by wildlife and their habitats.
Founder, Thai van Nguyen and his dedicated team work hard to rehabilitate and release a variety of rescued small mammals and carnivores. SWV rescued 407 pangolins from the illegal wildlife trade in 2017 and have successfully rehabilitated and released many of them back into the wild.
What Save Vietnam's Wildlife do
Run a Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Programme (CPCP) which rescues, rehabilitates and releases threatened animals confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade
Secure protected habitats where threatened animals can thrive
Carry out scientific research to increase the understanding of requirements for threatened species
Promote positive attitudes to wildlife conservation by educating wildlife law enforcement officers and the public
Help develop animal welfare practices and standards for animals in the care of the CPCP and promote these to other facilities in Vietnam
How Olsen Animal Trust helps
Support Save Vietnam's Wildlife's rescue and release work
Fund capacity building and protection in Pu Mat National Park
Sponsored the construction of new quarantine facilities to increase capacity for pangolin rehabilitation
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Rescuing pangolins from the illegal trade
In this photo 74 pangolins were rescued whilst being transported from Nghe An province to Northern Vietnam by illegal wildlife traders. SVW work with the authorities to confiscate pangolins that are kept and transported in awful conditions. A large percentage of them die during the trade process.
Vet checks for the pangolins
Rescued pangolins are usually sick and weak from being kept in horrific conditions during illegal capture and transportation. The team at SVW do health checks to assess their condition before transporting them to the SVW rehabilitation centre.
SWV's transportation crates
Once rescued pangolins are placed into comfortable crates with food and water, they are safely transported to SVW's rehabilitation centre.
Transporting pangolins to the rehab centre
Here rescued pangolins are being carefully placed in the SVW vehicle in their transportation crates. Care is taken to ensure the pangolins are comfortable for what can be a very long journey.
Inside the quarantine enclosure
This pangolin is being fed inside it's quarantine enclosure at the Save Vietnam's Wildlife Centre. OAT sponsored the building of new quarantine enclosures, to ensure high standards in the rehabilitation process and to increase capacity for pangolin rehabilitation.
Releasing a pangolin into the wild
A happy sight! Once the pangolins have undergone the rehabilitation process, they are released into remote areas within Pu Mat National Park, which OAT helps to protect.
The team at SVW
The dedicated team at SVW work incredibly hard and often have to walk hours to get to the protected areas where the animals are released. Once released, some of the pangolins are radio tracked to monitor their progress.
The Olsen's trip to SVW
On a recent visit to Vietnam, the Olsen's witnessed first hand the work of Save Vietnam's Wildlife. They were very impressed by the project and its team members, who are wholeheartedly dedicated to their mission.
New OAT laptops in the SVW office
OAT recently donated 10 laptops to SVW. These will be used for different projects, including campaign work to raise awareness and research work with threatened species
SVW run wildlife education programmes at their Wildlife Education Centre for schools and the general public. They also run campaigns to raise awareness about wildlife conservation and host workshops to train government officials dealing with the illegal wildlife trade.
Rescued Leopard Cat
A rescued leopard cat receiving good care at the SVW rescue centre during its rehabilitation process.
Rehabilitated pangolin, post release
Photograph of a wild pangolin soon after it's release back into the wild. Pangolins are nocturnal and therefore all releases take place at night.