Reared monkeys, Manlayan bear to be released back to nature
  • | | December 26, 2010 07:02 AM

Vietnam’s central province of Thua Thien-Hue will release seven reared monkeys and one raised Manlayan bear to nature after caring for them first.

All 7 monkeys are named in the Vietnam Red Book of endangered species.

Provincial Forest Management Department and the Centre of Nature Education (ENV) have joined hands to collect on December 22-23 animals from locals across Hue City for special care.

Among the monkeys, three are red-faced, three are pigtailed and one is yellow, all of which are named in the Vietnam Red Book of endangered species.

ENV’s volunteers detected these rare monkeys and reported to the centre which persuaded households to hand them over for protection.

Ho Van Phuoc, Head of the department’s Natural Conservation Office said these precious monkeys would be handed over to the Hanoi-based Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre for care before releasing them to nature.

On December 22, the office handed over a rare and precious Manlayan bear to the Tam Dao Bear Rescue Centre in the northern province of Vinh Phuc for protection before the release.

The black bear has a U-shaped yellowish brassiere and weighs nearly 70 kg. The animal was raised by Mr. Hoa in Huong Thuy district.

The black bear to be released to nature

Vietnamese police reported that around 4,500 tonnes of wild animals are smuggled in the country per year, ringing an alarm bell for wildlife preservation in the country.

The animals , mostly snakes, turtles, pangolins, bears, elephant’s tusks and rhino’s horns were taken from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar into Vietnam.

The country is at high risk of ecosystem imbalance due to a plunge in wildlife quantities and forest areas according to Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) Bui Cach Tuyen.


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