During our last visit to Vietnam, our projects director was lucky enough to be asked to visit the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) rescue facility.
If you are not familiar with this organisation already, do check out their website, as they are doing some amazing work. While visiting, we carried out a welfare assessment as part of the charity’s ongoing due diligence. Our welfare assessment covers all aspects of animal care and management and helps inform captive wild animal facilities on possible gaps, while making recommendations on how to improve.
Each year Save Vietnam’s Wildlife rescues hundreds of pangolins from the cruel and illegal wildlife trade. Pangolins are the most trafficked mammals in the world and without organisations like SVW, they could go extinct. The dedicated team work night and day to help pangolins that often arrive traumatised, severely dehydrated and injured, providing them with the unique care that gives them a fighting chance of recovery.
Since this visit, Wild Welfare has sponsored Save Vietnam’s Wildlife to become members of Species360, an organisation dedicated to systematically gathering and sharing zoological information about animals in captive collections. This comprehensive database gives members the resources to strengthen conservation-oriented research, collection planning, and decision-making processes for the animals they care for – critical when caring for endangered species!
A huge thanks to the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife team who made our visit so enjoyable!
Image: One of the SVW veterinary team providing veterinary attention to a recently rescued pangolin