On the 22nd of October two confiscated Sunda Pangolins (Manis javanica) were transferred to the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program (CPCP) of the Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Centre, Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh. These animals had been confiscated by the Forest Protection Department of Ha Nam from a bus on highway 1A at Thanh Liem district, Ha Nam Province.
“The pangolins are currently in the CPCP’s quarantine area where they will be carefully monitored for the next 30 days before being moved to longer term enclosures. While one of the pangolins is quite strong, eating and moving well, the other is weaker with many wounds under its scales. This poor condition is most likely due to the long time it spent in transport since it was hunted from its natural habitat,” said Mr. Nguyen Van Thai, the rescuing officer from the CPCP.
“This is the second time our program has received pangolins confiscated by the Forest
Protection Department of Ha Nam province. We have been working closely with them to improve the placement options for confiscated animals and ultimately help conserve wildlife in Vietnam. We would like to congratulate them on their efforts to conserve pangolins in Vietnam,” said Mr. Tran Quang Phuong, CPCP manager said.
“Unfortunately, not all pangolins that are confiscated in Vietnam are as lucky as these two. These pangolins are the first confiscated pangolins transferred to the CPCP since early this year, despite many pangolins being confiscated over this time, ” added Phuong.
Most recently, on 19 October 2009, 59 pangolins were confiscated in An Duong district, Hai Phong city, and resold back into the trade.
Vietnam provides habitat for two pangolin species: the Chinese Pangolin (Manis
pentadactyla) and the Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica). The country is also significant for pangolin conservation as a source, destination and transit route in the illegal pangolin trade.
Pangolins are traded in massive quantities in Vietnam and many of the confiscations are of individuals that have originated from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia. The impact we have on pangolin conservation in Vietnam will have an impact on pangolin conservation in the Southeast Asian region
The CPCP has successfully rescued and rehabilitated confiscated pangolins from the illegal trade for the last three years. We have also conducted field surveys to improve our knowledge on the ecology and distribution of pangolins. This information will be useful in the future, when we hope to release rehabilitated pangolins back to the wild.
The CPCP aims to continue to cooperate with Forest Protection Department rangers so that in future more confiscated animals will be transferred to rescue centres in Vietnam.
For further information, please contact Mr. Nguyen Van Thai 0303848053 or 0986935014 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.