CONSERVATION IN OUR CARE
- FIELD WORK WILDLIFE EDUCATION
- WILDLIFE WELFARE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
VISITING THE FIRST CARNIVORE AND PANGOLIN EDUCATION CENTRE IN VIETNAM
The Carnivore and Pangolin Education Centre was opened in February 2016 and is managed by Save Vietnam’s Wildlife in co-operation with Cuc Phuong National Park.
Opening time: 7days per week, including holidays, from 9:00 – 11:00 and 2:00- 8:00. Most of our animals are active later in the day, so you have more chance of seeing them from 3:00 – 8:00.
What will you experience?
Inside our interactive education centre you will:
• Find out about the 39 precious and irreplaceable carnivores and pangolins in Vietnam;
• Understand about threats to wildlife;
• Learn more about the conservation work of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife;
• Find out how you can help to save wildlife from the brink of extinction.
We also have a kid’s room! After the tour ends, parents and kids can play and learn more about wildlife conservation under the guidance of SVW staff.
Visit our permanent animal residents at the Education Centre, hear their rescue stories and find why they cannot be returned to the wild.
• Mr B – the Binturong and his journey of recovering instinctive climbing ability after 14 years in captivity;
• Mrs B – the Binturong who lost a paw in a trap but now has a home with us;
• Mr Meo – the Masked Palm Civet who keeps coming back to us even though we tried to release him;
• Nelson – the shy one-eyed Small-toothed Palm Civet.
Our current permanent resident animals are Binturong, Mask Palm Civet, Leopard Cat, Owston’s Civet, and Small-toothed Palm Civet.
What can you do to help us save wildlife?
• Sponsor our rescued animals;
• Make a donation;
• Become a volunteer;
• Buy a souvenir to support our animals;
• Spread the word – let the world know about these rare animals and the dangers they face.
Book your trip at:
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife
Address: Cuc Phuong National Park, Nho Quan District, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam.
Tel: (+84) 303 848 053
Visiting a wildlife conservation centre and experiencing the pristine forests in Cuc Phuong National Park is a wonderful way to get children out of the house or school to enjoy activities they would not usually explore.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife have been working with Cuc Phuong Ecotourism Centre to bring the school kids to see some of the rarest species such as pangolins and Owston’s civets. Children are encouraged to actively ask questions which relate to characters of wildlife and their stories before being rescued at our centre. True emotional stories of “why are wildlife kept here?” and “are they able to be released back to the forest?” have touched the hearts and minds and inspired them to love then take part in to protecting these animals. Through a visit the children also learn about wildlife rescue and the rehabilitation process, conservation breeding and reintroduction programs.
There are many children in Vietnam who don’t get the chance to learn and experience wildlife so Save Vietnam’s Wildlife plans to develop more education programmes with schools to educate more children and students about wildlife and wildlife protection.
Students of Ha Noi International School enjoy visiting Binturong at SVW centre
Calendar and Poster for Owston’s Civet Awarenness Campaingn
An Owston’s civet calendar and poster for 2015 was designed for distribution to Forest Protection Department rangers across the country to inform them about the work of SVW, and to make them aware of the the threats to these precious species.
Mosk-up of Owston's Civet Poster and Calendar
Information Signs and Shelter
Lack of understanding about small carnivores plays a significant role in their continued decline. Most people do not know how rare these species are nor are they aware of the damage that the illegal consumption of small carnivores for food or medicine causes to wild populations.
To address this problem, a joint Visitor Awareness Program was set up in 2009 between CPCP and Cuc Phuong National Park Tourist Department, with funding from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
The program involved visitor surveys to assess their knowledge and attitudes, and the development of signs to improve visitor awareness of wildlife as well as associated threats and conservation efforts. Signs were erected along park walking tracks, at an information shelter at the Bong visitor’s area, and beside the main road in the park. The project was complemented by a Tour Guide Training Program designed to improve the Guides' knowledge and appreciation of the park’s fauna and flora.
Information signs in Cuc Phuong National Park (CPNP)
Information sign on CPNP path