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Vietnam Pangolin Rescue

Vietnam Pangolin Rescue

Assist with the care and rehabilitation of the world's most trafficked mammal, the pangolin and other endangered species rescued from the illegal hunting and wildlife trade in Vietnam.

Prices from $1,395

After emerging from years of conflict and war, Vietnam has now become a permanent fixture on many a wanderer's bucket list and attracts millions of visitors annually. It is a diverse country, both geographically and demographically. From the chilly and lush jungle-clad mountain peaks of the north and the unique, traditional tribes that occupy them to the vast marshes and waterways of the mighty Mekong delta in the south - there is much to experience throughout Vietnam.

Traditionally the economy in Vietnam has been rooted in agriculture and rice production, and though this is still a very important part of the economy, Vietnam has transformed itself into one of the fastest growing and most diverse economies in Southeast Asia with the expansion of manufacturing and tourism. Sadly, the rapid development has also seen an increased demand for rare animal products, fueling an alarming rise the in illegal trade of protected species, both in Vietnam and the region in general.

Pangolins were once found widely throughout Asia, from southern China and Myanmar through lowland Laos, Thailand, central and southern Vietnam, Cambodia, Peninsular Malaysia and much of Indonesia. Currently, there is virtually no information available on population levels of the Asian Pangolin and no comprehensive population estimates, principally because of its increasing rarity. For many years now, pangolins have been exploited across Asia, hunted for their meat, skins and scales, which are used in traditional medicines. This has led to the dramatic decrease in populations across the region and to pangolins being labeled the world's most trafficked mammal.

While the Vietnamese government has made attempts to address this problem with laws protecting the species and restricting their export and trade, the lack of an appropriate solution for confiscated pangolins continues to be a major problem for enforcement agencies in Vietnam. This wildlife rescue centre provides an excellent facility for the care of traumatised and injured pangolins and other wildlife rescued from the black market and provides them with their best chance of rehabilitation into the wild wherever possible.

Project Highlights

  • Help to tackle the illegal trade of endangered species in Asia
  • Gain hands on experience working with exotic wildlife
  • Help to care for rescued animals including pangolins and small carnivores
  • Gain an insight into conservation issues faced in Vietnam

Project Requirements

  • Minimum age of 20


Location Vietnam

Preparing food and feeding animals
Cleaning enclosures
Maintenance work
Care for pangolins


Taxi or bus at own cost


Accommodation  Volunteer guesthouse


Before you go Pre-departure support
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt

Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

What does the project do?

Much of Vietnam’s wildlife is threatened by habitat loss and the illegal wildlife trade. In response to this, our partners in Vietnam established and developed a rescue centre with the aim of ensuring the future of Vietnam’s natural biodiversity. The centres vision is to create environmental harmony between people and nature in Vietnam where wildlife is given the opportunity to thrive. In order to fulfil this vision the centre is actively involved in supporting the confiscation of wildlife from the illegal trade. It rescues, rehabilitates and releases animals into suitable and secure habitats therefore supporting the conservation of wild populations. For animals that cannot be released the centre provides them with long term care and enrichment.

What will I be doing?

On this project you will assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of confiscated carnivores and pangolins from the illegal hunting and wildlife trade. This project will provide you with an insight into some of the conservation issues faced by wildlife in Vietnam and what is being done to save it. You will gain experience working with some of the rarest species in Asia and learn the skills necessary to care for pangolins and small carnivores. At the centre your daily tasks will vary and will depend on the needs of the animals at the time of your visit. It is likely that you will assist in collecting and preparing animal food, making environmental enrichments, monitoring behaviours and enclosure maintenance and cleaning. When needed you will help the keepers with general husbandry activities such as raking, garden maintenance, clearing paths and painting enclosures. There is also the opportunity to participate in veterinary activities if you are appropriately qualified.

What happens when I arrive?

The centre is located in Cuc Phuong National Park approximately 3 hours from Hanoi. On your arrival into Hanoi you can either make your own way to the centre (we can provide some pointers) or ask you Volunteer Coordinator  to arrange an airport pickup. This will cost approximately US$75.

Where will I be staying?

You will be staying in a volunteer house in a shared room with a Western style toilet and simple bathroom with hot water.

What will I be eating?

Throughout your stay you will be provided with 3 meals a day. Vietnamese food is renowned for its delicious blend of flavours and spices; you may get the chance to taste favourites such as spring rolls and spicy Vietnamese salads. Many common dishes inlcude noodle soups and rice.

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Additional Opportunities

On this project you will have weekends off during which you can relax at the project centre or explore the surrounding area. You may also decide to stay on before or after your project to explore further afield. Vietnam is an incredible country with many hidden gems and natural wonders, whether it be the epic scenery of UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay, the terraced landscapes of lush green rice paddies and hill tribes of the north or the markets and world famous tailors of Hoi An, you're sure to find something to sweep your imagination away.


2 weeks $1,395

3 weeks $1,895

4 weeks $2,395

5 weeks $2,745

6 weeks $3,245

7 weeks $3,745

8 weeks $4,295

9 weeks $4,795

10 weeks $5,295

11 weeks $5,995

12 weeks $6,645

Extra week $695




Minimum 1 week


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice
  • Documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt (UK & US)


  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Local orientation
  • 24 hour in-country support
  • International HQ emergency support & back-up


Nearest airport(s): Hanoi (HAN)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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