Total animal rescues in March 2018 (Source ENV)

Total animal rescues in March 2018 (Source ENV)

Tom Edgar of Education for Nature Vietnam shared this good news recently in an email. Well done to all involved in the rescues.

March 2018; not a bad haul.

This total includes –  seven macaques, five leopard cats, 4 pythons, 1 green sea turtle, 1 civet, 1 monitor lizard, 1 hill myna, 1 pea fowl, 1 common pheasant, and 1 squirrel.

And it was all down to the public and ENV staff and volunteers being our eyes and ears on the ground, then reporting the violations to us. With this flow of intelligence, we are able to work closely with the appropriate local authorities to ensure the best possible outcome for the wildlife in danger.

It’s a win-win all round. The wildlife gets a second chance and we all go home at the end of the day with the feeling that we played a part in changing the world.

Of particular satisfaction were the following rescues which prompted louder than usual cheers by ENV staff.

Green Sea Turtle

Sometimes telling a little yarn is what is necessary to get the job done. Apparently, (and this is a true story) keeping a green sea turtle brings nothing but bad luck to the house of a fisherman. This tale was what swung it in getting a Ha Tinh fisherman to hand over to the authorities a green sea turtle he had caught in his nets and decided to keep as a pet. In this instance, the end justified the means.


As well as members of the public, ENV are proactive too, with one staff member discovering a civet being kept at a restaurant during a commercial premises survey in Nha Trang in central Vietnam. In short order we were able to save the civet from the cooking pot along with a monitor lizard that was also found on the premises. We worked hand in hand with the city’s Forest Protection Department to have the animals confiscated. The civet and lizard were subsequently released back into the wild.

Da Nang macaque

Among the seven macaques that we rounded up during March 2018 was one in Da Nang that was spending its days cooped up in a tiny cage on the sidewalk in front of a residential home. All it took was one concerned citizen to get in touch and we were able to spring this poor primate. Within an hour of being informed, the city’s Forest Protection Department were on the scene and had the macaque in their care.

So, another good month fighting the illegal wildlife trade on Vietnam, none of which would be possible without public support and interest. Be assured that we are out there every day taking the fight to the illegal wildlife traffickers.

Tom Edgar

International Communications Editor

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