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Our overall aim is that all rescued, rehabilitated and captive born carnivores and pangolins are released back to the wild, provided there is sufficient protection and adequate habitat for their survival.


As part of the pre-release preparation, animals undergo health checks and their feeding habits, behaviour, weight and body condition are closely monitored.


 The common palm civet under goes a health examination before being released into CPNP


Before release, our field teams carry out field surveys to evaluate the suitability of release locations. Habitat condition, evidence of wild populations and the hunting pressures are considered to maximise the survival rate of released animals and ensure they will support wild populations.


Field team carries out work at the selective release sites


We have released seven species of carnivore and pangolin including Sunda pangolin, Owston’s civet, Common palm civet, Masked-palm civet, Leopard cat, Small Indian civet and Large-toothed ferret badger.


The pangolin is released into Cat Tien National Park

Most recent releases:

Five rehabilitated Sunda pangolins were released into Cat Tien National Park and radio tracked from 2013 to early 2014. More details, please see here.


Two Leopard cats were released into Cuc Phuong National Park in July 2014.


Seventeen Common palm civets were released into Cuc Phuong National Park between July and November 2014. Please see more photos here

An unsuccessful release story

Animals that have recovered in our centre are released if there is somewhere safe to do so. But it has not always been easy. One hand raised Masked palm civet, a common species, refused to go when released in Cuc Phuong National Park. He was provided with an open cage in the forest with regular food (a soft release) but kept sleeping in the cage and returning for food. He was eventually brought back to the centre where he continues to live happily. As he’s comfortable around people we plan for him to become part of an interactive education centre to educate the public.


Meo was about 3-week old