Thanks to Ninh Binh province’s Police and Rangers, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife rescued 22 Sunda pangolins from an illegal trade. The pangolins are now still in bad health, recovering…

On 19th June 2016, Police of Ninh Binh Province arrested three people who were illegally transporting 22 pangolins weighting a total of 91 kg by train from Hue to northern localities for sale.

After receiving the news from the Forest Protection Station of Ninh Binh, we immediately went to rescue the animals and brought them back to our centre for care. Most were in poor health as they had been held in tight nets without food and water for a long period. Many of them were force-fed corn meal and other ingredients we are yet to identify to increase their weight.

Despite their poor condition, 21 of the 22 pangolins have survived and most are doing well. We are still monitoring one pangolin who is eating poorly very closely.

Mr Hoang Van Cuong, Head of Forest Protect Team share his thought: “We were very impressed by the professional reaction of SVW staffs. We do hope that the rescued pangolins will recover well and get back to nature soon”.

On behalf of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, Mr Nguyen Van Thai send thanks to Ninh Binh Police and Rangers who contacted and helped the team rescued the animals in time.