Animal Conservation

Meet the young woman who takes on the illegal wildlife trade

Trang Nguyen, the 31-year-old Vietnamese founder and executive director of WildAct, travels the world as wildlife conservation scientist.

Vietnam has emerged as one of the world’s hotspots for the illegal wildlife trade, with some of the world’s most endangered species, such as the pangolin, tiger, and elephant, being targeted. Vietnam has been at the center of over 600 illegal seizures of wildlife.

Trang Nguyen made it one of his missions to help stop this heavily trafficked trade in illegal animal parts. However, she gets a lot of backlash from people who believe that these animal parts can cure diseases like cancer.

Nguyen said, “I dare not say that I am an expert. It’s just that I spent a lot of time researching this topic. It is undeniable that the consumption of wild animals exists in Vietnam there are Vietnamese abroad. Especially in Africa, which are directly involved in the illegal and cross-border and transcontinental trade in wildlife. This has an effect on the Vietnamese diaspora and the image of the country. “

Nguyen’s mission is not only to actively try to stop the illegal hunting and sale of endangered species, but also to spread awareness and empower others to break into conservation. She particularly urges women to consider this kind of career.

Sign this petition to urge the Nigerian government to continue investigating the illegal pangolin smuggling network it recently seized until it is definitively shut down.

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