Help save the Vietnam jungle

Friday 18th June 2021

Help save thousands of animal lives

This is a one-off opportunity to stop a slaughter.

There’s a phenomenal area of Vietnamese jungle called Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (or PNKB for short). It is a special combination of limestone hills and temperate forest, which has allowed it to bubble over with wildlife, from gibbons and geckos to pygmy lorises and bears.

There’s even a good chance that some of the planet’s super-rare creatures – namely saola and Sunda pangolins – are holding on in the area.

But a new wave of illegal logging is blitzing its way towards this area at breakneck pace. If it is left unchecked, the forests will be felled indiscriminately, and the animals living within them won’t stand a chance.

Thousands will die.

What’s more, that logging will bring poaching along with it. The gibbons will be cut down en masse and served up as bushmeat. The lorises will be ripped from the wild, shoved into crates and sold into the pet trade – half of them dying before even reaching their destination.

It will turn from an ecological paradise into a complete horror show.

Please help us stop this. Please help us get rangers in the field.

We need to act immediately, but if we can raise the funds in time to deploy enough rangers then we can stop the madness before it truly begins.

Once equipped with boots, raincoats, first-aid kits, binoculars, phones, GPS kits and other vital gear, those rangers have the power to stop the criminal logging, and stop PNKB being irreversibly damaged.

For those funds, we are reliant on people like you.

And we’ve received a sensational offer. One donor has offered to multiply every donation you make by 10, so your gift of £30 would be worth £300 – every penny of which would be used to protect PNKB in Vietnam.

If we miss this opportunity, the cost in animal lives will be unbearable. Please help save them – there are vanishingly few places on Earth where your support could make such a huge difference.

Please donate now.

If we’re to strike at the cause of animal extinctions – and the trade that almost certainly brought Covid-19 upon us – this work is essential. Only you can make the difference between life and death for so many animals.

Jonathan Downes
Cryptozoologist, naturalist, musician, singer, composer, poet, novelist and Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology since 1992. Jon was born in Portsmouth in 1959 and spent his infancy in Nigeria and his childhood in Hong Kong. His wife Corinna died of cancer in 2020, leaving him with two stepdaughters and a six year old granddaughter called Evelyn.