With the primary mission of preventing the extinction of threatened species in Vietnam, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is a non-profit organization focusing on re-establishing the dwindling link between nature and mankind. The Vietnamese highly treasure nature and believe its presence should exist harmoniously with the people, it is the organization’s utmost and urgent quest to prevent this quintessential element of their nation from disappearing forever.
Their efforts are built upon 5 main principles:
- Education and Outreach
- Conservation Research
- Habitat Protection
- Rescue Wildlife
To provide an immersive learning experience, the “Valuing Nature in Childhood Program” was launched in 2017 and is aimed at children under the age of 5. It teaches them to understand the critical role the environment plays, to instill in them the importance of protecting it, along with raising an interest and awareness of all the wonders that can be found right outside their doors.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife also offers a volunteer program for a weekly fee. Participants will receive accommodations and food while working up close with a variety of rare animals and getting a better perspective and getting hands on experience with conservation efforts up close.
Leading the Way
Illegal trading and hunting is by far one of the most prevalent and deadly issues that rescue efforts must deal with. Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has responded by building over 1000 square meters of animal enclosures in Northern Vietnam over the last 3 years to provide a safe haven for recovering species. The efforts don’t stop there, as additional support facilities have been built in Pu Mat National Park in Central Vietnam which service other rescue centers in Hanoi as well.
The results are inspiring: through their collaborative efforts, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has managed to rescue over 700 carnivores and pangolins, having successfully reintegrated 400 carnivores and pangolins back to their natural habitats over the last 3 years. Pangolins have become one of the top targets of illegal poachers and Save Vietnam’s Wildlife’s efforts are doing wonders in preserving the species and curtailing illegal trading.
To bolster their numbers and expand their reach, the organization has trained over 100 park rangers in order to maintain and protect natural habitats for wild and rehabilitated animals to thrive in. These dedicated rangers also play a crucial role in maintaining the line of defense between poachers and their illegal activities.
The community also plays a crucial role and Save Vietnam’s Wildlife recognizes the need to empower the local community to play a role in forest preservation.
As challenging as implementing these measures is, the job is far from over. Save Vietnam’s Wildlife constantly monitors the progress of the population, using features like radio tracking and camera trappings to track overall numbers.
Over 9000 interviews have been conducted in order to gain insights on issues like illegal trading, as well as public perspectives on wildlife. This information is analyzed and can be used to improve the efficiency of rescue efforts and services.
As education is one of their primary focuses, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has hosted wildlife conservation seminars for over 1000 college students to increase awareness and to inspire the next generation to continue the task of protecting the environment.
An Opportunity for Outdoor Learning
Starting in 2017, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife introduced a new program at Cuc Phuong National Park, where kids can get their hands dirty and learn about environmental awareness, all under the guidance and supervision of teachers and staff members. Over 1,200 children have participated in the program, and mentors take pride in cultivating the children’s interest in nature.
Activities range from games, storytelling, as well as hands on activities where kids are equipped with basic tools to do some investigative work of their own. The event also features recycling activities to channel some friendly competition as well as do their part in learning and adopting environmentally conscious decisions in everyday life.
In 2016, Cuc Phuong National Park was graced with the state of the art Carnivore and Pangolin Education Center for the children, where they learned detailed information about several key species and facts, including their natural threats and how to identify their characteristics. Children can also get a closer look at how rescue and rehabilitation programs strive to nurture and bring these animals back to thrive in their natural habitats.
The most memorable experience will undoubtedly be a trip to the park’s featured natural exhibits where they can watch in awe as some of the very species that they studied are fed by trainers in front of their eyes. This up close experience and learning environment will prove to be an invaluable experience.
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