There are no completely secure protected areas in Vietnam. Illegal hunting occurs in all protected areas in Vietnam. Most of this hunting is to supply the commercial wildlife trade. One of the major threats to carnivores and pangolins is snare-trapping. This is often done on an industrial scale to supply the illegal wildlife trade.
Forest-dependent communities have been impacting ecosystems in Vietnam for thousands of years. The Vietnamese are still influenced by traditional beliefs that the forests and all they contain exist to be used for human demands. They believe that hunting animals is the only way a man can feed his family and provide them with medicine. It has caused the decline and extinction of many wildlife species in Vietnam.
Our main site is Pu Mat National Park. This is one the largest protected areas in Vietnam and it forms part of the Annamite Mountains, a global priority for wildlife conservation. It is within the range of several of our priority species, including Owston’s Civet and Sunda Pangolin. We work with the national park to improve law enforcement and monitor the park’s threatened wildlife. We also work with the local communities to reduce their impacts and inspire them to protect wildlife.