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First Owston’s Civet rescued in 14 years

Update: May, 13/2016 - 15:57
An Owston’s Civet (Chrotogate owstoni) was rescued by experts from the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Programme (CPCP) in collaboration with Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) and the Cúc Phương National Park.Photo VNA

ĐÀ NẴNG — An Owston’s Civet (Chrotogate owstoni) was rescued by experts from the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Programme (CPCP) in collaboration with Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) and the Cúc Phương National Park.

SVW said the civet, which was voluntarily handed over by a local resident from Long Khánh District in the Đồng Nai Province, is the first Owston’s Civet to be rescued by the CPCP centre since 2002.

The animal is now under the special care of CPCP and Save Vietnam’s Wildlife.

The Owston’s Civet is one of the rarest species of civets in Việt Nam. It is classified under group IIB and prioritised for protection by the government.

Trần Quang Phương, CPCP manager, said the rescue marked the first result of the campaign to raise public awareness on Owston’s Civet conservation.

“The civet has gradually recovered health. It will contribute to our Owston’s Civet Conservation Breeding Programme which is designed to increase the genetic diversity of wild populations,” Phương said.

Nguyễn Văn Thái, director of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, said: “Owston’s Civet can carry the Avian Influenza H5N1. Many Owston’s Civets died in 2005 and 2008 due to the Avian Influenza H5N1.

The animals need to be quarantined and checked before releasing them to the wild.

SVW is a national non-profit organisation in Việt Nam that was founded to serve the critical need for more effective solutions to protect Việt Nam’s wildlife.

SVW works with the Cúc Phương National Park to support the management and operation of the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Programme.  VNS 

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