Other mammals, birds, and reptiles


Few of Vietnam’s wildlife species are immune to the illegal wildlife trade. Birds, porcupines, monitor lizards and leopard cats, amongst many other species, are commonly hunted, smuggled, sold, or consumed in Vietnam. 



A monitor lizard is gutted and prepared for cooking. Two species of monitors native to Vietnam, the water monitor (Varanus salvator) and the clouded monitor (Varanus bengalensis) are heavily hunted for both domestic consumption and export to China. Monitors are served in specialty dishes and in wine.