Palm civets (Photo SVW)


Hanoi (VNA) –
 Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW), a wildlife research and conservation centre, has received two rare palm civets seized from an illegal online trading case.

According to Tran Phuong Mai, a representative from the SVW, said the centre found an ads selling the two palm civets (Chrotogale owstoni) on Facebook in early November 2018.

After that, the centre worked with the environment police in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau and the forest management unit in Vung Tau city to investigate the case, she said.

Bui Duy K, born in 1993, bought the palm civets when they were small in 2016 to raise as pets. As he could not afford raising the animals, he sold them online. 

Relevant agencies seized the animals and transferred to the SVW on December 6.

Deputy head of the forest management unit in Vung Tau city Le Manh Hung said the palm civet is rare animals in Vietnam as well as in the globe.

Relevant forces transported the animals over 1,700km of roads to transfer to the SVW at Cuc Phuong national park in northern Ninh Binh province, which has the best conditions for conservation, he said.

Tran Quang Phuong from the centre said no injuries were found on the animals.

The centre will take care of them for at least 30 days before moving them to the semi-wild raising area, he added.-VNA