Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) founded in 2014 evolved out of a collaborative partnership with Cuc Phuong National Park to support the management and operation of the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program (CPCP).
The CPCP was a species-specific project for the Owston’s Civet overseen by Fauna and Flora International in Cuc Phuong National Park. OCP became the ‘Small Carnivore Conservation Program’(SCP) as its mandate expanded to include other species of mustelids and viverrids.
In 2005, the same team founded the ‘Asian Pangolin Conservation Program (APCP)’ the first organisation working with pangolins in Vietnam. In late of 2007 these two programs were combined to become the ‘Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program (CPCP)’, a progressive conservation program for all species of small carnivore and pangolin in Vietnam. The CPCP has been a program of Cuc Phuong National Park, and today focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of carnivores and pangolins confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade; and the development of global conservation breeding program for threatened carnivores and pangolins.
SVW was founded in 2014 by Thai Van Nguyen who was formerly Pangolin Captive Manager at the CPCP to expand the conservation activities of the CPCP. Since then it was evolved into a organisation that advocated globally and nationally for pangolins, small carnivore and all threaten species in Vietnam. It has opened Vietnam’s first pangolin and small carnivore education centre and has successfully lobbied to have pangolins scales removed from the National health schemes and works with other rescues centres to raise staff capacity and animal welfare standards across Vietnam.
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