THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN 2015
Cuc Phuong Conservation Centre is a specialised research and conservation facility caring for Vietnam’s native wildlife, and educating protection authorities. The Intrepid Foundation supported it from 2002 to 2015.
Cuc Phuong National Park is home to several conservation programs including primate rescue and small carnivore conservation. The Intrepid Foundation is focusing support on the Turtle Conservation Centre, due to the greatest urgency of need.
The 5,000 square metre Centre is involved in a range of conservation activities, including establishment of assurance populations for priority species, raising awareness, training of enforcement officers, biological and ecological research in conservation of Chelonian turtles and other native species. It houses enclosures, tanks, breeding facilities as well as laboratories, incubation room, and a vet station and quarantine area for treating sick animals. All of the turtles kept at the centre have been either confiscated by wildlife protection authorities from the illegal trade, or bred for conservation on the premises. In addition to the research and conservation activities at the centre, the Turtle Conservation Centre also trains protection authorities from more than 35 provinces on species identification and basic ecology.
The Intrepid Foundation’s support went toward equipping the centre’s breeding, research and educational facilities.
Trips that visited Cuc Phuong