Dated 13th April 2023- this morning, 11 individuals of endangered wildlife were successfully released to the Dong Nai Cultrue and Nature Reserve, Dong Nai province by Wildlife At Risk(WAR) in cooperation with Binh Duong Provincial Forest Protection Department and Forest Protection Department of Tan Uyen – Phu Giao District. These wildlife that weighted over 117 kg total included (3) Pig-tailed Macaque(Macaca leonina), (2) Long-tailed Macaque(Macaca fascicularis), (3) Burmese Python(Python molurus),(2) Yellow-headed temple Turtle(Heiremys annandalei) and (1) Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)
This is the second wildlife release in large numbers since the beginning of the year at Dau Tieng Station. Most the above-mentioned wild animals were confiscated by the Binh Duong Provincial Forest Protection Department and Forest Protection Department of Tan Uyen – Phu Giao District from illegal wildlife trade and captive breeding, and then transferred to Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station. These wildlife,then, had been cared at the Station located at 303, Le Danh Cat Hamlet, Thanh Tuyen Commune, Dau Tieng District, Binh Duong Province. Before the release, these wildlife was implanted a microchip in their body and be checked by WAR’s veterinarian to ensure a sufficient condition in health.
We are appreciated a coordination and enthusiastic support of Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve, The FPDs of Binh Duong Province and Tan Uyen – Phu Giao District on the release.
Today, on November 1st, 2022, WAR collaborated with Binh Duong Forest Protection Department to successfully release 27 wild species including 5 Southern pig-tailed Macaques (Macaca ironina), 2 Common Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis), 2 Stump-tailed Macaques (Macaca arctoides), 2 Indian Rock Pythons (Python molurus), 3 Giant Asian Pond Turtles (Heosemys grandis), 4 Yellow-headed Temple Turtles (Heosemys annandalii), 4 Southeast Asian Box Turtles (Cuora amboinensis), 1 Elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata), 1 Black Marsh Turtle (Siebenrockiella crassicollis), 3 Mekong Snail-eating Turtles (Malayemys subtrijuga) at Dong Nai Nature – Culture Reserve. Specifically, 2 Phythons with about 55kg in weight were released to the wild. All of the above-mentioned wild animals were confiscated by the Binh Duong Provincial Forest Protection Department from illegal wildlife trade and captive breeding, and then transferred to Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station for treatment.
The status of 2 Pythons once receiving in the captivity
Before releasing into the natural environment, we monitored and evaluated the survival ability of the species in the semi-wild environment. Those species are in good health and rehabilitation over a period of care at Dau Tieng Station.
Goodbye! Good luck
We sincerely thank the cooperation and support by the Board of Directors of Dong Nai Nature – Culture Reserve, Binh Duong Forest Protection Department in releasing wildlife into the forest.
In the morning of July 27st, 2022, a rescue team of Wildlife At Risk was quickly mobilized to the field to receive two gibbons after getting the information requiring assistance from the authorities.
The two gibbons were fed by an 87-year-old man at his home, in a very cramped cage, located in an alley on Pham Ngu Lao street, Hiep Thanh ward, Thu Dau Mot city, Binh Duong province. At first, the rescue team was quick to assume that it would be very easy to capture the two gibbons in captivity, however, it took us a lot of time to approach the two animals to get them familiarized with the team members. Because they appeared very shy and fearful of strangers as a result of their years in captivity.
Miserable living condition for gibbons at the older man’s house
Starting to make a closer approach
Roughly 2 hours later, we were successful using anesthetic.
The gibbon was being captured by WAR’s staff and forester
These are two individuals of the Red-cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae) – a critically endangered species belonging to group IB, Appendix I, Decree: 84/2021/ND-CP dated September 22, 2021, female and weigh in a total of 11kg. The elderly are aware that keeping Red-cheeked Gibbons in house illegally involved in criminal activities. Therefore, he hands over voluntarily these wildlife to the authorities.
With effective cooperation and support, we managed to save the two gibbons
We do welcome the spirit of self-discipline to enforce the law from the owner. At Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station, they will be treated and looked after by the devotion of both vet and WAR’s staff.
On the way to be transferred to a new house – Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station
After receiving the news that the Forest Protection Department of Tu Nghia district, Quang Ngai province needed to help take care of a Gray-shanked Douc langur (Pygathrix cinerea) on November 23th,2021. The WAR team prepared and traveled to Quang Ngai province. Within roughly 30 hours, we arrived at the local authorities’ office to receive the douc langur.
According to a forestry ranger, this Douc langur was kept as a pet in a resident’s house for a long time in Tu Nghia district. After being aware of the illegal wildlife in captivity, local people immediately contacted the authorities and voluntarily transferred. We met him while he was in poor health with 1.5kg in weight. There was no word to describe how both the WAR team and rangers felt sorry for him. At the present, the douc is not only safe but also be cared closely at Dau Tieng Wildlife Conservation Station.