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Largest number of rare pangolins freed into wild

Update: December, 30/2016 - 10:59
The largest ever number of rare Java pangolin (Manis javanica), 54 individuals, were released into the wild recently by the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) organisation in coordination with Cúc Phương National Park and the Hanoi Wildlife Rescue Centre. — Photo SWW

HÀ NỘI — The largest ever number of rare Java pangolin (Manis javanica), 54 individuals, were released into the wild recently by the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) organisation in coordination with Cúc Phương National Park and the Hanoi Wildlife Rescue Centre.

The pangolins were rescued from illegal traders in northern provinces such as Ninh Bình, Thanh Hóa and Hải Dương. They were kept at the SVW’s facilities for care to ensure they were in good health, before being released.

The animals were also implanted with chips to serve research work.

Including the latest release, the SVW has rescued and returned to the wild 202 pangolins this year.

Pangolins are the most traded animals in the world. Việt Nam has two species of pangolins, the Manis javanica and the Manis pentadactyla; both listed as rare and threatened species subject to priority protection. All hunting and trading of those species are illegal, as is the use of products from pangolin. — VNS

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