Rescued wildlife animals release in Tagum forest

Feb. 04, 2012

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte — After three months in captivity, eleven wildlife animals were officially released in the forest of Hijo Plantation Resources in Madaum village, this city on February 1, 2012. The seven Pythons, two Macaque monkeys and two Sailfin monitor lizards are now free in the wild.

Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy ordered the release of these animals with permission from Mr. Leonilo Rivera, chief of the Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-XI. Said animals were rescued by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation and turned over by the DENR-XI to the local government last October 3, 2011. They were placed in the wildlife rescue center in aviary section of the Energy Park in Apokon village for three months.

According to City Veterinarian Jesus Edullantes, the animals were released because some of them have poor appetite while others have not eaten since their captivity.

Roberto Solitaria, Director for Leisure and Tourism of the Hijo Resources Corporation, assured authorities that the released animals will survive in the forest inside their plantation. The Hijo Forest is home to wild boars, monkeys, monitor lizards and wild birds.

From the City Information Office-Tagum

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