|The tortoises have been released into the wild. — Photo courtesy of Bạch Mã National Park|Viet Nam News
THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — Bạch Mã National Park in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế has released five mammals and two reptiles back into the wild after rescuing and rehabilitating them.
The rescue centre released two pig-tailed macaques, two feral pigs, one red-shanked douc and two rare tortoises.
Some of the species are listed as endangered or vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s red list.
Local residents living nearby the park handed the animals to the centre several days ago. Veterinary staff in the park have taken care and rehabilitated the animals before releasing them.
According to the centre, education attempts have resulted in more wild animals being handed over to the park. Vietnamese laws prohibit the killing, hunting, trading or transportation of wild animals. However, many people continue to hunt the animals for their meat or cage them for ornamental purpose. — VNS