|The dugong is listed by International Union for Conservation of Nature as a vulnerable species.— Photo NG
KIEN GIANG (VNS) — At least 800 hundred locals in the southern province of Kien Giang took part in a parade yesterday around Phu Quoc Island to call for more efforts to protect the endangered dugong.
Local officials, residents, tourists and 300 secondary school students marched around the island's streets carrying banners highlighting the plight of the rare mammal.
The dugong is listed by International Union for Conservation of Nature as a vulnerable species.
According to WAR, dugong numbers have fallen into the tens as their they are hunted for food, traditional medicine and jewellery. — VNS