53 pangolins released to the wild

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Update: May, 08/2017 – 18:30

Experts release a pangolin into the wild. Photo courtesy Save Vietnam’s Wildlife
HÀ NỘI – Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) and Cúc Phương National Park have successfully released 53 Java pangolins (Manis javanica) to the wild.The animals were released on Saturday night, bringing the number of pangolins returned to their natural habit within a week to 93 — the largest pangolin release in Việt Nam, the SVW said.

Earlier, late in April, 40 pangolins were set free.

The lucky mammals were among 113 pangolins that the environment police in Hòa Bình Province seized from illegal wildlife traders in April. The animals recovered after a month of being taken care of by conservationists at SVW.

Pangolins are facing the threat of becoming extinct in Việt Nam. Although trade of the animal is banned worldwide, pangolins are still being caught as their meat is considered by some as a delicacy, while there are others who believe their scales can be used in treatment.

Nguyễn Văn Thái, director of SVW, said pangolins were among the animals most difficult to rescue on this planet. They were considered special and only ate ants and termites.

More than 400 pangolins have been rescued from traffickers over the past eight months. Of these, 303 pangolins have been successfully released to the wild, he said.

Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) is a national non-profit organisation founded to provide more effective solutions to secure a future for Vietnamese wildlife. — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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