An endangered pangolin returns to the wild on Chàm Islands. Photo courtesy of Chàm Islands MPA
CHÀM ISLANDS — An endangered pangolin (Manis Javanica), rescued by local residents living on Cham Islands, has been returned to the wild.
This is the second pangolin found in the past two months that has been put back into its natural habitat by local rangers and management of the Chàm Island Maritime Protected Area (MPA).
The animal weighed 1.3kg and is 70cm long. It was trapped in the fence of garden at a household in Bãi Làng Village, Chàm Islands on November 21.
The islander had saved and given the pangolin to the MPA and local rangers for release to the forest.
Last month, MPA and rangers also successfully helped a pangolin get back to the nature on the Chàm Islands after locals found it living in a garden of a household in Hội An City.
Local islanders with the endangered pangolin before it was returned to the forest in Chàm Islands, off the coast of Hội An. Photo courtesy of Chàm Islands MPA
The pangolins, which are listed as Critically Endangered species by International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), live in the Islands’ forest.
Chàm Islands-Hội An (including the total area of the Islands’ land and water and Hội An), a World Biosphere Reserve, 20km off the coast of Hội An, is now open for tourists after months closed for COVID-19 prevention. — VNS