oi An (Quang Nam): Release the rare pangolin to the natural forest

October 4, 2021

A rare pangolin was discovered and handed over to the authorities for release to the world biosphere reserve of Cu Lao Cham.

On October 3, Mr. Nguyen Van Vu – Deputy Director of the Management Board of Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area said that yesterday afternoon (October 2), when cutting a mango tree in his garden, a resident in Cam Pho ward (Hoi An City) discovered an individual pangolin. This pangolin is nearly 1 m long and weighs about 1 kg.

After being discovered, people brought them to the People’s Committee of Cam Pho ward and handed them over. Then, Cam Pho ward informed the local rangers and Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area. The functional forces released this pangolin in the special-use forest of Cu Lao Cham World Biosphere Reserve, Tan Hiep commune, Hoi An city.

Mr. Nguyen Van Vu said that the pangolin belongs to the Javan pangolin species, which is on the red list of Vietnam and the world.

The Javan pangolin has scales that cover its body, leaving only the abdomen and the inner face of the extremities. There are sparse hairs in those parts. Their feet have long, curved claws. Their tails are quite long, more than 4/10 of their length. Tail strong, firm meat; The tip of the tail has smooth skin, which can cling to branches when climbing.

Currently, the Javanese pangolin population is rapidly decreasing due to over-hunting. The Government has issued Decree No. 160/2013/ND-CP on criteria for species identification and species management regime on the list of endangered precious and rare species prioritized for protection and prohibited from exploitation for commercial purposes. commercial.



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