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Pagadian: DENR 9 releases rehabilitated wildlife in Cogon Ecotourism Park

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Region 9 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources IX Regional Wildlife Rescue Center (RWRC) released seven (7) rehabilitated wildlife in Cogon Ecotourism Park, Dipolog City last November 23, 2021.

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The activity was spearheaded by DENR 9 In-Charge, Office of the Regional Executive Director Ronald D. Gadot together with CENR Officer George E. Laolao of Manukan, ZDN, City ENRO Mercedita Guerrero and City Tourism Officer Cecille R. Bilog of Dipolog City, In-Charge Judelyn M. Laput of Cogon Ecotourism Park, Brgy. Captain Paquito L. Paño of Cogon, Dipolog City and personnel from Dipolog City ENR and Tourism Office. Also in attendance was Dr. Ernest Jan Duldulao of ZDS-Provincial Veterinary Office and CENRO Manukan personnel.

Released back to the wild were one (1) Yellow-headed Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus cumingi), one (1) Serpent Eagle (Spilornis sp.) and five (5) Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus).

Most of the species mentioned were previously rescued and retrieved in Zamboanga del Norte and were rehabilitated at the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Baclay, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.

The DENR DAO No. 2019-09 listed the Yellow-headed Water Monitor Lizard as Other Threatened Species while the Serpent Eagle and Brahminy Kite as Other Wildlife Species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the three (3) species as Least Concern.

Distribution of fliers among the key officials and personnel of Dipolog City ENR and Tourism Office was also conducted for them to be informed of the “dos and don’ts” when encountering the released wildlife species in Cogon Ecotourism Park.

Since April 2019, the RWRC has been fully functional with its major operational activities of rescue, rehabilitate and release of wildlife species.

In partnership with the Department of Agriculture IX and the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Veterinary Office headed by Dr. Anita J. Chua, the RWRC has been providing medical attention, shelter and rehabilitation to the rescued wildlife prior to their release back to their natural habitat. As of November 2021, 115 heads of wildlife have been released by the RWRC since its the beginning of its operational status.

(Source: DENR Region 9)

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