In order for the project to be sustainable in the long term, staff in Cat Tien need to be able to rehabilitate and release pangolins independently of the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program.
Today four members of staff watched and participated in attaching a transmitter to the next pangolin to be released and helping treat the injury of the pangolin recovering after being rescued just over a week ago.
Those helping us today included the director of the rescue centre in Cat Tien; a second member of staff from the rescue centre and two rangers who have worked with us radio tracking, one of which is also training to be a vet.
This is a brilliant step in the project, especially as they all showed a genuine interest in what we were doing. We were able to explain how best to handle a pangolin and how to determine the sex of it.