By Mar Supnad
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Seven wildlife species successfully returned to their natural habitat after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Nueva Ecija released them into the wild area of Pantabangan watershed.
Four species of serpent eagle (Spilornis holospilus), two species of reticulated python (Python reticulatus) and a pond turtle were released in their original home after almost five years of captivity in the DENR Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Palayan City.
“The rescue center had been their temporary shelter. The wildlife species had undergone care and rehabilitation after being rescued by our wildlife officers under various circumstances. And now they have beenreleased back to their natural home,” DENR Provincial Head Alfredo Collado explained.
He said it is important that wildlife species are released back to the wild after their captivity to regain their natural instincts so that they can learn to live and hunt on their own.
“The wildlife species were declared fit for release after the diagnosis made by the provincial veterinarian to ensure that they are healthy and free from any form of disease. The biggest threat to the survival of wildlife is the exploitation by local communities,” Collado further said.
He appealed to the public to report to the nearest DENR office any suspicious wildlife trading activity, including illegal hunting.
Earlier, the DENR had also released 12 bramminy kites (Haliastur indus), five monitor lizards (Varanus salvator) and 30 box turtles (Terrapene carolina) to the 62,300-hectare Angat Watershed Forest Reserve in Bulacan.
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