In the afternoon of June 15th, 2020, the WAR hotline received a call from Binh Duong Forest Protection Department, informing a disturbance of a long-tails macaque in a residential area in Phu Cuong Ward, Thu Dau Mot City. WAR’s veterinarian and animal keeper went immediately to the site. With professional skills, the animal was caught quickly and took it to Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station.
This is a six kilograms, male, long-tails macaque with injured leg and be looking after at Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station.
WAR is calling local people giving away their habit of keeping wildlife as pet in personal house as the wildlife could accidentally escape and cause a risk to community and environment.
The long-tails macaque was being captured by WAR’s staff
Photos: WAR/Le Trung Vuong
On the 08th, February, 2019, the WAR’s hotline received a call from a resident of Thu Dau Mot city, Binh Duong Province, wishing to transfer an endangered hawksbill sea turtle to conservation station. After receiving the news, we cooperated with Binh Duong Forest Protection Department to receive and take immediately the sea turtle to Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station where this species has been being saved and cared by WAR’s staffs before returning to the wild.
It is reported that the female hawksbill sea turtle was saved from illegal trade in Binh Duong province with around 2 kilograms in weight. It has been in poor health, moreover, because of improper care for a long time.
This is an endangered species, prioritized for protection in Decree 06/2019 / ND-CP dated 22/01/2019 of the Government.
WAR does welcome the spirit of voluntariness for transferring endangered wildlife from resident and thank efficient cooperation of Binh Duong Forest Protection Department.
On 14th November 2019 – Three long tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis), one Bengal monitor (Varanus bengalensis nebulosus) and five Malayan box turtle (Cuora amboinensis) with a total weight of 12,7 kg were successfully released to U Minh Thương National Park, Kien Giang Province by Wildlife At Risk (WAR) in cooperation with Binh Duong Province Forest Protection Department and Forest Protection Department of Dau Tieng District.
Among the released wildlife, there were three long tailed macaques and a bengal monitor those was confiscated and transferred to Wildlife At Risk by the Forest Protection Department of Binh Duong and Ben Tre provinces and Environmental police of Binh Duong province. Particularly, the five Malayan box turtle were successfully bred (F1) at Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station.
In July and September 2019, Pangolins (Manis javanica) and Leopard cats(Prionailurus bengalensis) were handed over to Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station – WAR by local residents. Thank you Binh Duong Forest Protection Department and Forest Protection Department of Dau Tieng District to cooperate and save the species. They are cared and be safty at Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station – WAR (303, Le Danh Cat village, Thanh Tuyen commune, Dau Tieng district, Binh Duong province).
These are threatened species is protected under the Decree: 06/2019 / ND-CP dated January 22,
2019 of the Government of Vietnam. The species will be released after the procedure of rescue and care.
Since the beginning of the organization in Vietnam, WAR has welcomed over 160 volunteers to join this program at our conservation facility and/or in the annual biodiversity surveys. Many volunteers return to our site for more contribution to WAR on Biodiversity Conservation.
Wildlife At Risk (WAR) offers international and national volunteers the chance to get involved in all aspects of WAR’s Field works. Your involvement would make a significant contribution to achieving the wildlife conservation goals of Vietnam.
Due to limitation of our work for right persons, who really want to help WAR and do some contribution to our work to save the wildlife, so we only reserve the opportunity to those people and call your voluntary participation and contribution.
Why should I volunteer for WAR?
At Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station, you will play a part in the breeding program for conservation purposes. Care and save different wildlife (primates, small carnivores, pangolins, reptiles…etc).
What will I gain from my time as a volunteer?
– Get a rare opportunity to see and work with many rare and precious wildlife species in Asia.
– Take part in the real experience with a WAR’s team who are making a difference for wildlife.
– Learn basic husbandry and breeding skills to care for several wildlife species.
– Gain an insight into conservation issues faced in Vietnam, and what’s being done to feed and save our wildlife.
What will be my daily tasks?
– Collecting and preparing animals diets
– Making environmental enrichment. Monitoring animal behaviour and evaluate the success of enrichment
– Enclosure maintenance and cleaning. This includes assisting the keepers in general husbandry activities such as painting enclosures, water the tree, support to staffs on building animal’s enclosures (if any).
-Supporting veterinarians to check the health and/or treatment of animals.
You are welcomed to do as much as you can, with an agree from the line-manager. However the official time is:
Daily working hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm with the lunch break from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
A Call for a voluntary contribution from volunteers and where does that money go?
All volunteers are called for a voluntary contribution to Vietnam’s wildlife conservation. And this contribution is directly transferred to WAR’s account before volunteers come to the Station at least 3 days. It is ensured that all volunteer’s donations go directly back into the well-being of the saving animals; upgrades enclosures, food for the animals and materials for the breeding program.
This contribution is based in US dollars and equally to 350USD per person per week. You are responsible for your daily food and transportation. However, our organization is willing to assist and direct you upon request.
How I can apply?
If you really interested and would like to volunteer with WAR, please complete the volunteer application form and the Volunteer vaccination form . We will get back to you as soon as possible. Please be aware that we can only take on a limited number of volunteers at certain time due to our limitation and constraints. WAR will keep a right to refuse volunteers to our place despite you are qualify to our program and ready to joint this program.
How to get to and departure from our Station?
Our station is located at plot 303 Le Danh Cat village, Thanh Tuyen commune, Dau Tieng District, Binh Duong province, about 55 km away from Ho Chi Minh City. It will takes about 1,5 to 3 hours from Ho Chi Minh City with a costs of 2 to 50 USD, depending on your choice of transportation (Bus: US$ 2, Grap taxi US$ 40 -50). We can help to arrange transport for you upon request.
During your time volunteering at our station, you can also visit other popular tourist sites at free time or weekend, e.g. the Ben Duoc tunnel which is only 2 km away and/or a Tourist site called A Glimpse of Vietnam (10 km from our station) and/or the Thanh Tuyen fruit garden (500m from the station).
Wildlife At Risk (WAR) has received a request from An Giang Provincial FPD on relocating two king cobras to the natural environment under the direction of the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development. WAR has sent two experiences staff on reptile for capturing two individuals at Doi Tuc Dup Tourist Area, Tri Ton District, An Giang Province. The snakes had been checked their health situation, implant microchips (under the support of cooperation program between WAR-Cologne Zoo and Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources), then be taken to the Dong Nai Cultural and Narural Reserve to release.
Through inspection, these king cobras weigh a total of 36 kg, with a length of 5 meters. This is an endangered rare animal that is prioritized for protection and listed under the Decree: 160/2013 / ND-CP of the Government; and belong to the list of IB group, under the Government’s Decree No. 06/2019 on endangered, precious and rare forest fauna and flora.
According to the Forest Protection Department of An Giang, these two king cobra individuals were captured by Indian workers and engineers installing solar energy systems at the foot of Cam Mountain, An Hao Commune, Tri Ton District, An Giang Province, then brought the snakes to Tuc Dup Tourist Area, Tri Ton District, An Giang Province.
WAR highly appreciates the concern and coordination of all local agencies in the conservation of rare and precious wildlife species now.
On the 14th May 2019, Wildlife At Risk (WAR) in cooperation with The Marine Resources Protection Department of Ho Chi Minh city releases successfully five (05) sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, with a total weight of 26kg, in the sea of Hon Cau Marine Protected Area at Binh Thuan province.
The Green sea turtles had been checked by WAR ’s Vet and tagged before the release. his work could not be complete without an enthusiastic support from the Management Board of Hon Cau Marine Protected Area.
All these sea turtles are received by WAR from The Marine Department of Ho Chi Minh City at the end of 2018 and the early months of 2019. Photo: WAR/L.X.Lam.