Vietnam Regional Programme
Part of the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, Vietnam has an extraordinary variety of wildlife species.
Amazingly there have been several large mammal species discovered in Vietnam in recent decades, including new species of deer, rabbit and monkey, adding to an already rich fauna particularly in terms of birds and freshwater turtles. As in many places across the world, Vietnam has lost much of its natural habitat, however the overriding threat to many wildlife species is illegal trade for bushmeat, pets and traditional medicine. Not only are many wild animals hunted within the country but Vietnam also acts as a regional hub receiving wildlife collected in neighbouring countries and often exporting it to China.
WWCT has chosen Vietnam as one of its Regional Conservation Programmes due to the desperate need to address the threats facing much of the country’s wildlife. In addition, Newquay Zoo has been a long-term supporter of our in-country partner Save Vietnam's Wildlife (previously the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Programme).