Vietnam is one of the most biodiversity-rich countries in the world. It is home to more than 11 000 species of vascular plants, 1000 mosses, 310 mammals, 840 birds, 296 birds, 192 amphibians, over 700 freshwater fish and around 2000 marine fish[1].

The types of animals listed in detail on this website are no longer all found in Vietnam or are very rarely found. This is due mainly to the hunting of these animals for the illegal wildlife trade as well as habitat destruction. These animals form some of the main target groups of WCS Vietnam’s work on wildlife trafficking and are commonly the most exploited in the trade.