• The Animal Index

    With nearly 12,000 species of fauna found domestically, Vietnam has long been recognised as one the most biodiverse countries in the world — one of the 16 most biodiverse countries, according to a 1992 assessment. Read More
  • The Rescue Station

    Two hours from central Ho Chi Minh City is a project designed to rescue and rehabilitate animals in danger. This is just the start of the work being done to give Vietnam's biodiversity a future Read More
  • Foster Family Photos

    Sometimes it seems there isn’t enough love to go around for the hurt and abandoned pets of Vietnam. Photographers Julie Vola and Francis Xavier meet four households that have opened their homes and hearts to the animals supported by Hanoi’s Tram Cuu Ho Meo and Ho Chi Minh City’s Animal Read More
  • The Preserve: Cuc Phuong National Park

    The first national park in the country, Cuc Phuong also has Vietnam’s most advanced animal rescue and conservation centres Read More
  • Pest Control

    In Vietnam, there are plenty of cute and harmless urban animals: the friendly neighbourhood dog that pads along the sidewalk, the lazy cat that skirts in and out of alleyways, the little gecko that’s just sort of part of the wall. But then there are the significantly more annoying creatures Read More
  • The Four Holy Beasts

    In the original myth, the Four Holy Beasts of Vietnam came from the dying body of Pangu — he who was born from the Cosmic Egg that birthed the world. But these symbols have come to represent more than an origin myth. They’re the sun and the moon, the seasons and Read More
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Star Dancing To Stop AIDS

More than 200 young contestants from eight schools in Ho Chi Minh City and ten schools in Hanoi gathered at Kim Lien High School in Hanoi and Hung Vuong High School in Ho Chi Minh City last month to participate in the first round of auditions for the dance4life Hip Hop Dance Contest, titled “Start dancing. Stop AIDS.”

Organised by Rutgers WPF in cooperation with Big Toe Crew, all performances were filmed and their video clips uploaded to the official contest website (www.dance4lifehiphopcontest.vn) where the public voted for their favourite dance crew. 

Winning dance crews will have a chance to perform with Big Toe Crew at the contest’s final events on May 8 at the Youth Theatre in Hanoi and on May 15 at Hung Vuong School in Ho Chi Minh City. Their performances will then be broadcast worldwide through the dance4life International and dance4life Vietnam websites. 

For more information, contact Ms Lieke Berghauser Pont at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ms Thuy Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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