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The ecological disaster which has overtaken Vietnam as the result of 17 years of war has been exacerbated by continuing deforestation and hunting for food and trade. The country's two zoos and seven national parks lack adequate resources. This paper reports on the work of the Munster Zoo as an intermediary between the wildlife authorities in Vietnam and European zoos. The resulting co-operation has provided support for particular projects for threatened species and enabled the provision of equipment and finance, as well as training at home and overseas for national park personnel.