Endangered pangolins released into wild in northern Vietnam

By VNA   April 19, 2023 | 07:21 pm PT
Endangered pangolins released into wild in northern Vietnam
Sunda pangolins. Photo by VNA
The Save Vietnam's Wildlife Center in collaboration with Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh on Wednesday released 15 endangered Sunda pangolins (Manis Javanica) into the wild.

All the animals were confiscated from illegal wildlife trade across Vietnam.

Of the 15 animals, three are pregnant, and one was born in captivity. They have been treated and cared by the center before being released into the wild.

According to the center, pangolins in particular and wild animals in general after being rescued by the center must undergo a quarantine process for at least 30 days to monitor their health condition.

After that, the individuals will be assessed for re-release conditions based on criteria such as good health with no pathogens, and capacity of self-defense and foraging in the wild.

The Sunda pangolin is listed as a critically endangered animal. Since its establishment, the center has successfully rescued nearly 1,700 pangolins, becoming the largest pangolin rescue unit in the world.

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