WildScan features identification tools that remove the need for law enforcement officials and interested parties to use extensive reference books in identifying endangered species.
A mobile app has been introduced to assist in combating the trafficking of endangered species and other wildlife in Vietnam.
WildScan offers an identification function, photos, and critical information on more than 300 endangered species and illegal wildlife products commonly trafficked into and throughout Southeast Asia.
The app allows users to input information such as the color and size of the animal in question, to quickly identify the species. It also includes essential animal care instructions and a simple reporting function.
Through a unique identification tool and high resolution photos, WildScan increases the ability of law enforcement officials to effectively and efficiently identify animals and animal products without having to use extensive reference books.
“The launch of the app marks a milestone in Vietnam’s efforts and cooperation in combating wildlife trafficking,” Ms. Claire A. Pierangelo, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Hanoi, told the ceremony launching the app. “The US Government is committed to cooperating with Vietnam and ASEAN countries in combating wildlife trafficking.”
WildScan can be downloaded for free on Android devices and will have multiple language support available. Users need not connect to the internet to use the app, and it also updates and adds data in real time.
The app was first launched in Thailand last year. Its Vietnamese version and introduction in the country was supported by the Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) under the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in collaboration with Freeland, a Bangkok-based counter trafficking organization under the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Asia Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) program.