Wildlife Flash: Issue 42 (Aug 2019)


To become a WAR’s Volunteer at Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station

DAUTIENG - Wildlife conservation

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?
You will:
– 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.

Working time?
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.

Additional Information
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).

Java Pangolin: Manis javanica Desmarest, 1822


Support to release two large king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah) to Dong Nai Cultural Nature Reserve

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.

Good bye and good luck!

Otter conserve


Saving sea turtles in April 2019

In April 2019, WAR received three (03) Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) from the Marine Resource Protection and Quality Management Department of Ho Chi Minh city. This endangered species is listed in the Decree 160/2013 / ND-CP dated November 12, 2013 of the Government, as priority species to be protected. Currently, these sea turtles are being cared for by WAR staffs at The Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station, located in plot 303, Le Danh Cat village, Thanh Tuyen Commune, Dau Tieng District, Binh Duong Province.

Wildlife return “home” Ta Dung – Dak Nong

On 23th April 2019 – Wildlife At Risk (WAR) in cooperation with Binh Duong Province Forest Protection Department release three Pig-tailed Macaques (Macaca nemestrina) and four Stump-tailed macaques (Macaca arctoides) Ta Dung National Park, in Đăk Nong Province by. All of the wildlife were cared by WAR’s experienced staff before release.

Most of the wildlife was transferred from the Forest Protection Department of Binh Duong province, Dong Nai province and Tien Giang province. The wildlife had been saved and cared at the Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station located at number 303, Le Danh Cat village, Thanh Tuyen Commune, Dau Tieng District, Binh Dương Province. This is the first time WAR has released wildlife to Ta Dung National Park – the habitat is suitable to these primates. (Photos: WAR/L.X.Lam)

Wildlife return “home” – U Minh Thuong

On 17th April 2019 – Three long tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis), two Burnese Pythons (Python molurus) and one Asiatic Cobra (Naja naja) with a total weight of 21,7 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. All of the wildlife were cared by WAR’s experienced staff before release.

Most of the wildlife was confiscated and transferred from illegal captivity and trades by the Forest Protection Department Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Kien Giang for rescuing at Lot 303, Hamlet Le Danh Cat, Thanh Tuyen Commune, Dau Tieng District, Binh Dương Province. U minh Thuong National Park – Kien Giang Province is a type of forest with a very rare submerged tropical forest ecosystem in the world – the habitat is the most suitable environment for species to live and grow. (Photo: WAR/L.X.Lam)

New Species for the world

In cooperation with Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR) and the Cologne Zoo (Germany), one of the exited results of the biodiversity survey at Ta Dung National Park (Before 2019, Ta Dung Nature Reserve) of Dak Nong province. The biodiversity survey which was organized and facilitated by Wildlife At Risk (WAR) has yield a great news on biodiversity. A new species of snake (Calamaria dominici) had been recorded to the world by WAR team in 2017. The species was named after WAR’s Trustee in order to thanks for his effort on conservation biodiversity in Vietnam.
This is the second species of reptile was discovered to the world by WAR team on their annual biodiversity survey. (The first one is a small lizard, Sphenomorphus sheai, discovered in Ba To mountain of Quang Ngai province in 2013). These outcomes also reflected a good technical cooperation between WAR and IEBR as well as the Cologne Zoo in the last 10 years. A full pdf of the article, describing species and its habitat could be downloaded here.



Photo: WAR-2019/Randall Babb Deans

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