Thua Thien-Hue (VNS/VNA) – More than 80 captive wild animals in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue were handed over to the authorities this year, before they were all released into the wild.
Better public awareness on wildlife protection has greatly contributed to the transfers, said the director of the provincial Forest Protection Department, Le Ngoc Tuan.
Tuan said many people handed over wild animals which are in danger of extinction such as Javanese pangolin, lesser loris, white-cheeked gibbon, red-faced monkey, pig-tailed monkeys, long-tailed monkeys, brocade pythons and some rare species of turtles.
Thua Thien-Hue province currently has more than 288,400 ha of forest including 211,200 ha of natural forest. The province is also home to Bach Ma National Park, Phong Dien Nature ReserveSao La Conservation Area, with a total area of up to tens of thousands of hectares.
Located in the central Truong Son mountain range, the forests of Thua Thien-Hue province have high biodiversity, with around 134 species of mammals and more than 500 types of birds.
The forests are well known for many endemic species such as saola (Pseudoryx Nghetinhensis), giant muntjac (Muntiacus vuquangensis), Trường Sơn muntjac (Muntiacus truongsonensis), striped civet (Chrotogale owstoni), Sao pheasant (Rheinardia ocellata ), the Trường Sơn muntjac striped rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi), the yellow-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus annamenis), the brown-legged douc (Pygathrix spp) and many other species of the pheasant family (Lophura spp).
Tuan said many international cooperation projects to maintain the biodiversity system have been implemented in the province.
These include the “Sustainable Forest Management and Biodiversity Conservation” project, the “Public Awareness and Strengthening Law Enforcement to Reduce Demand for Wildlife in Vietnam” project, and the Carbon Storage Project. and biodiversity conservation.
In mid-July 2022, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development coordinated with Animals Asia to launch the “Vietnam Bear Rescue Center Campus II” project in Bach Ma National Park. The center covers an area of 12.7 ha with a construction cost of Animals Asia grant aid worth US$10.5 million.
Due for completion in 2026, the center will have the capacity to breed and rescue more than 300 bears from private bear breeding facilities.
“These are good signs for wildlife protection in the province as well as the central region,” Tuan said, adding that his department also operates a confidential hotline to receive reports of wildlife violations.
“The 08.4477.3030 hotline opened from April this year creates a professional, fast and efficient channel of communication between people and rangers, contributing to the conservation and protection of wildlife in the province,” said Tuấn said, adding that the forest protection department also carried out social media communication activities.
Tran Van Vinh, deputy head of the forest protection department of Huong Tra city, province, said that through local dissemination of the law and social media communication campaigns, changes have taken place. brought because many people have voluntarily reported and handed over wildlife.
Since the beginning of this year until now, the department has received six pig-tailed macaques and red-faced monkeys, and three turtles. The animals were then returned to the wild through coordination between the department and the Phong Điền Nature Reserve Management Board.
Earlier this month, local resident Tran Van Hung from Dong Hoa Village, Binh Tien Commune, Huong Tra City voluntarily transferred an eight-kilogram pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonina) and a red-faced macaque of nine kilograms (Macaca arctoides) to the protection of the forest. Huong Tra City Department.
From now on, the department takes care of and completes the procedures for the release of the animals into nature reserves with suitable habitats.
In mid-July, a resident of Phu Bai district in Huong Thuy city found a Javan pangolin on the side of the street and took it to the rangers.
At that time, the pangolin was in poor health and it took the rangers several days to take care of it./.