Viet Nam is one of the most biodiversity-rich countries in the world. It is home to more than 11.000 species of vascular plants, 1.000 mosses, 310 mammals, 840 birds, 296 terrestrial reptiles, 192 amphibians, over 700 freshwater fish and around 2.000 marine fish.
The types of animals listed in detail on this website are no longer found in Viet Nam or are very rarely found. This is due mainly to the hunting of these animals for illegal wildlife trade as well as habitat destruction. These animals form some of the main target groups of WCS Viet Nam’s work on wildlife trafficking and are commonly the most exploited in the trade including elephants, non-human primates, pangolins, rhinoceros, rodents, tigers and turtles.
4th Country Report Vietnam’s Implementation of the Biodiversity Convention. Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam Environment Administration, 2008, p. 12