A T-shirt to save binturongs

After the successful partnership with Highlands Coffee to support pangolins, this time we are working with in order to produce a fashionably T-shirt to help raise awareness and fund for the binturongs – one of the native carnivores in Vietnam.

Binturongs are known for their black, beautiful fur with white stripes which give them a vivid, grizzled look. They also have impressive long tails used to keep balance while climbing. Within several decades, binturongs in Vietnam has witnessed a serve Habitat loss and degradation as well as being hunted for meat, fur and scent glands.

Mr. B and Mrs. B are two lucky ones. The two binturongs rescued by our center in 2007 and 2010 but could not be released since he was kept in captive environment for too long and she had a serious injury in her front paws caused by snare traps. They both were taken care by our keepers and gradually re-gain their strength and normal behaviors such as climbing trees. Now, they are living in the beautiful enclosure area of our Education Center as the ambassador of their species, to help send out the messages about wildlife conservation in Vietnam to thousands of visitors.

Inspired by their stories, we collaborated with to design and produce the Binturong T-shirt to give the young generation a chance to learn more about wildlife and contribute to the conservation efforts some by purchasing.

Officially, the Binturong T-shirt can be found in BOO’s online store or two showrooms in Hanoi (one at 133 Thái Hà, Đống Đa and one at AEON MALL Long Biên). With every purchase, one donated 100.000 VND to help us save pangolins and other carnivores in Vietnam.

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Five poachers sentenced 13.5 years in prison in hunting rare wildlife in Pu Mat National Park

On Jun 25, 2019, People’s Court of Con Cuong district in Nghe An Province announced verdict on the case of illegal hunting of 02 endangered Indochinese Gray langurs in the protected forest area of Pu Mat National Park. The convicts include Lo Van Hang, who directly shot the langur, sentenced to 4 years imprisonment, Vieng Van Thuy, the arranger of the hunting, sentenced to 3 years; the three other accomplices are sentenced to a total of 6 years 6 month. This case was handled by Pu Mat national park’s rangers and SVW Anti-poaching team in early January 2019.

On Jun 9, 2019, the 5 of them agreed to give 300,000 VND each firsthand for food. Each brought man-made hunting rifles and wire traps themselves to Pu Mat National park located at Chau Khe commune of Con Cuong District. They all had an agreement about equally sharing the wildlife meat after hunting. After entering the core protected area, which was strictly prohibited to enter, of the Nation Park, they carried out their assigned job, setting up temporary camps and system of wildlife traps. At 13:00 on January 11, 2019, the hunting group included Lo Van Hang and Vieng Van Sinh saw two individual gray langurs. Hang shot and killed these animals on spot, then these two brought them back to the camp. At 14h30 same day, Pu Mat National Park’s rangers and Anti-poaching team discovered their camp and found two individuals dead gray langurs, 5 rifles and 5 knives, many wire traps for animal hunting, grilled dried legs and bones of a wild boar and an individual of boar alive.

Two individuals of gray langurs with their scientific name Trachypithecus crepusculus (according to the indictment and Decree No.32/2006/ND-CP) are both included in the list of endangered, precious and rare species to prioritize for protection, group IB of Decree 160/2013/NĐ-CP; and the list of endangered and threatened species of Decree No.32/2006/NĐ-CP (that have been superseded by 06/2019/NĐ-CP). Based on the on-site evidences and in consideration of violations of the hunter group which is organized, dangerous to the community, negatively affected to the ecosystems, increase the risk of wild animals’ extinction especially Indochinese gray langur species, the subjects have been prosecuted and convicted for criminal sentence. All five were prosecuted in the People’s Court of Con Cuong district, Nghe An province on the “Violation of regulations on the protection of endangered and rare animals, prioritized protection” in Article 244 of the Penal Code.

It is known that the subjects were invited to participate in the propaganda workshop on wildlife protection law organized by Pu Mat National Park and Save Vietnam’s Wildlife in Tam Quang and Tuong Duong districts at the same period of time, but they did not attend and went to the forest to hunt animals as planned. The lack of understanding and neglect of the law has led to unexpected bad results which not only affects their own futures but also causes a big loss for their families and relatives when all had to face with sad and difficult days of  Tet holiday ahead without husband and man as pillars of family.

Considering that all these people are ethnic minorities living in areas with difficult socio-economic conditions, the court has applied extenuating circumstances and sentenced Lo Van Hang 4 years, Vieng Van Thuy 3 years, Vieng Van Sinh 2 years and 6 months, Lo Van Hau 2 years and Vi Van Hai 2 years imprison.

Mr. Nguyen Van Thai, Director of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife said: “Vietnam and the world are both facing a terrible disaster – the decline of ecological balance, due to the biodiversity loss. The disappearance of forests and wild animals is taking place very quickly, but it must take a lot of time, effort and resources to recover them. Extinction is forever, and we humans are indifferent to that matter. Our society sympathizes with the weak, in this case, are the hunters. We often forget about all the consequences our society is suffering to implement a huge law enforcement force, as well as to recover the reputation of Vietnamese people for their selfishness in consumption habits of wild animal products, and to treat cancers caused by marinated chemicals into wild meat. Laws need to be strengthened, and we must not comply with violations. Hopefully, this is our lesson and similar violations will never occur in the future.”

“All violations of regulations on forest protection and management, wildlife hunting in Pu Mat National Park area will be strictly prohibited. Anti-poaching and forest protection rangers will strengthen patrols and resolutely handle violations. We want to once again warn all people to stop hunting, using and trading wildlife before it’s too late. Since the end of 2018, Pu Mat National Park has organized 12 seminars on education on forest protection in all buffer zone communes and I hope this is an eye-opening opportunity for us to change.” Mr. Tran Xuan Cuong, Director of Pu Mat National Park said.

The mobile trial court took place at Chau Khe commune, Con Cuong district, which is one of the hot spots for wildlife hunting. This court can be considered as an education means for people living around the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park. Local people filled the court hall, showing their concern and interest on the issue. This is a valuable lesson for those who disregard the law, or still have the intention to enter the forest to exploit natural resources and wildlife. Hopefully, this case will somehow affect and partially change the community’s behaviors, make them consider other alternative livelihood solutions the authority has offered and contribute to protect Pu Mat National Park./.

“Protect The Wildlife We Love”- Nature Exploring Program for 900 elementary students in Hoa Binh province

To cultivate a love for nature and raise awareness of natural environment/wildlife protection in Vietnam, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has organized “Protect The Wildlife We Love” (PWWL) for 900 elementary students aged 8 to 10 in Yen Thuy and Lac Son districts, Hoa Binh province.

Acknowledging the fact that children aged 8 to 10 enjoy exploring their surroundings by themselves, we designed the Discovery Handbook especially for the program. This brings a great opportunity for the children to play a role as a Plants Researcher, an Animal Researcher or a Forest Protection Ranger. Role-playing will make their learning experiences more fun and practical. As a result, the children will memorize the activities and information longer. After the trip, we hope that they can share what they have learned to spread the message about wildlife conservation with their friends, families, schools, and communities.” Ms. Nguyen Thi Huong Nga, School Programs Team Leader of SVW shared.

The first two trips occurred this weekend with the participation of third-grade students of Yen Nghiep Elementary School. Each trip would take up to 25 students, with the support of two teachers.

From December 2018 till the end of the school year 2018-2019, this program will conduct 30 trips for about 900 students grade 3, 4 and 5 from 30 classes of three Elementary Schools Yen Tri, Yen Nghiep and A Ngoc Luong, in Yen Thuy and Lac Son districts, Hoa Binh province.

Minh Duc, a student of class 3A, Yen Nghiep Primary school shared after the trip: “Today I was an Animal Researcher. I learned about a lot of beautiful animal friends living in the forest. We must not take them out of the forest, because the forest is their home.”

Joining PWWL program, children will have a whole morning full of exciting activities such as visiting the ancient tree, exploring the nature, flora and fauna in the Botanical garden at Cuc Phuong National Park (NP), and taking part in group games. In the afternoon, they will visit Carnivore and Pangolin Education Center to learn about the diverse biology of Vietnam. This is a great opportunity for children to observe wildlife with their own eyes, listen to touching animal stories, and understanding the impact of illegal hunting, trading, captive breeding in Vietnam.

Ms. Tran Thi Thu Hien, Teacher of class 3A, Yen Nghiep Primary School said: “The students were really excited to join in the activities. They constantly asked a lot of questions. I am so happy to see the children show their interests and love for nature. I can see it in the way they saw wild animals for the first time and the way they promised to protect wildlife.

A month ago, on November 22, 2018 in Cuc Phuong NP, SVW successfully organized a conference to introduce “Protect The Wildlife We Love” program for more than 50 delegates, who are representatives of the Department of Education and Training of two districts; School Boards, Teachers and Parents from three primary schools in the area. After completing 30 trips, another conference will be held to summarize and evaluate PWWL program. We hope this program will become an annual extra-curricular activity of Elementary schools.

From 2018-2019 school year, SVW runs two conservation education programs alongside including: “Valuing Nature in Childhood” Program takes place during weekdays, and “Protect The Wildlife We Love” Program takes place at the weekends until the end of the school year (May 2019). SVW welcome media channels, journalists to visit and document the program to help spread the words about these meaningful programs.

The project was funded by Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. (Germany), under the collaboration with Cuc Phuong National Park and Hoa Binh Department of Education and Training.

Continue discussions about economic development and raising awareness on wildlife protection for more than 250 people in the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park

A series of workshops on ” Discuss about developing economic solutions and raise people’s awareness to protect wildlife in Pu Mat National Park” was held in the three communes, Chi Khe, Chau Khe, and Yen Khe in November, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife in cooperation with Pu Mat National Park continued to hold a two-day workshops on the same topics. These two workshops took place at the People Committee of Luc Da and Mon Son Communes, Con Cuong District on 17 and 18 December.

We welcomed more than 100 delegates and guests from Luc Da commune and 150 people from Mon Son commune, including leaders and staff of the People’s Committee, gatekeepers, and local communities.

Mon Son and Luc Da are poor communes, the living standards are low, transport is difficult and the rate of poor households is high. The people’s livelihoods are mainly based on agriculture, forestry development, services, and livestock. The locals are also facing many difficulties in forest management and protection, mainly due to the complexity of the terrain, extreme weather, not synchronized inter-sectoral coordination, tough local economy, incorrect regulation in handling of violations.

Ms. Luong Thi Hien, Vice Chairwomen of Luc Da Commune People’s Committee said: “We will actively direct the functional departments to propagate, prevent and limit the damage to the lowest level of illegal logging and wildlife trade in the area, following the direction of the Chairman of Con Cuong District People’s Committee in the coming time.

The workshop provided with detailed information on the current status of wildlife trade and wildlife hunting, raising public awareness about why wildlife protection is needed and the provisions of the law on wildlife protection. An important part of the workshop was the discussion on the constraints faced by local people in developing household and local economies, thereby finding the suitable livelihoods solution and minimizing forest resource exploitation.

We will continuously organize these workshops at some communes of Tuong Duong and Anh Son Districts in the upcoming time.