In Vietnam each year, thousands of animals are illegally traded for meat consumption, traditional medicine, pets and souvenirs. Live animals that are being illegally trafficked are often dehydrated, nutritionally-stressed, carrying diseases, and have injuries from when they were hunted. Poachers and traffickers will often force feed pangolins to increase their weights before selling them.
Government agencies in Vietnam will often release trade-confiscated wildlife straight back into the forest. These animals are released without any health checks or quarantine. Animals are often released outside of where the species is naturally found. These are threats to wild populations.
Our rescue work directly targets these threats to wild populations. We use the media coverage of rescues and releases, to help educate the public, and raise awareness on the impacts of the illegal wildlife trade. Most importantly, we use these rescues to encourage and motivate the government to continue combating the illegal trade.