Vietnam

Species Discovery

It’s not a war, it’s a place, and an incredible and fragile one indeed. In 2012 we found ourselves with the capacity to expand our work to another Biodiversity Hotspot and there were many places we considered but Vietnam stood out as needing us for several reasons. First, of course, is the breath-taking level of biodiversity with huge gaps in data on thousands of species, and many more species not even yet described. Next are the many threats to this wildlife; many of them the usual suspects such as human development, deforestation, damming, logging, etc. But it’s location in black-market-riddled Southeast Asia as well as the patchwork of wildlands and human communities that is the Vietnamese landscape make the country a veritable collecting basket for wildlife poachers and a special challenge for data collection.

Snare set by poacher in Viet Nam.

Snares set by poachers kill anything that happens along. In this case an abandoned trap caught a small mammal that was left to rot.

 

Imagine one of our night hikes up the slippery waterfalls of Yen Tu National Park, where we hope to collect eDNA or even (if we’re lucky) video of the ancient and now rare Chinese Crocodile Lizard. We have to work with our partners to make sure that our local hired guides are not also a potential poachers eager to make note of the prized lizards’ locations and to be sure that our climb is kept secret from the local communities.

IMG_7627 The Biodiversity Group

Our study site in the Con Dao Islands in Viet Nam holds over 280 species of coral.

 

At the same time, the proximity of so many small villages to so many wild places also gives TBG countless opportunities to engage citizens in wildlife data collection as well as to monitor, patrol, and protect their proximate wildlife from outside poachers.  Our Biodiversity PEEK program in the Con Dao islands is a great example of this, and our Photo Expeditions in fabled Cat Tien are a place where you can join the fun and the challenge. It’s flat there, so don’t worry; no waterfall dangling in the dark for you photo expedition participants!

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Privacy Policy

TBG respects and protects your privacy. TBG will never sell or rent your personal information to other individuals or companies. When you make a donation, your name will be included in TBG newsletters and other publications. If you do not wish to share your name, or you choose to make your donation anonymously, TBG will not publish your name.

When you create an account with TBG you will receive an acknowledgment of your donation for your records, and occasional email and postal delivery updates. If you do not wish to hear from us, simply press unsubscribe at the bottom of emails, or contact us to stop receiving postal deliveries.

 

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Refunds for any products may be made within 15 days of receipt of item(s), upon item return. Call 520 647-1434 for arrangements.

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Privacy Policy

TBG respects and protects your privacy. TBG will never sell or rent your personal information to other individuals or companies. When you make a donation, your name will be included in TBG newsletters and other publications. If you do not wish to share your name, or you choose to make your donation anonymously, TBG will not publish your name.

When you create an account with TBG you will receive an acknowledgment of your donation for your records, and occasional email and postal delivery updates. If you do not wish to hear from us, simply press unsubscribe at the bottom of emails, or contact us to stop receiving postal deliveries.

 

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If you have made an error in making your donation or change your mind about contributing to TBG, we will honor your request for a refund made within 5 business days of your donation. To request a refund, call 520 647-1434 (US). Refunds are returned using the original method of payment, except cash donations will be returned via check. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card.

Refunds for any products may be made within 15 days of receipt of item(s), upon item return. Call 520 647-1434 for arrangements.

Refunds policies for activities such as workshops and internships are given on the application pages for those activities.

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