𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐋, 𝐒𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 – After showing signs of good health and full recovery, the reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) and Philippine tarsier (Carlito syrichta) that were rescued recently by concerned villagers of this town were released back to the wild on Monday (August 14) by the officials and personnel of the DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sarangani.
PENR Officer Maria Elvira V. Lumayag said that the python was turned over to the PENRO Sarangani last month after it was trapped in a barbwire in Barangay Poblacion. “Some portions of the snake were torn off but it still managed to recover. The python returned to its natural habitat on Tuesday after a month of rehabilitation efforts of the DENR,” she said.
On the same day, the rescued tarsier was freed to the forested area of Alabel Municipal Eco Park, an area which houses a local population of wild tarsiers, after the recommendation made by in-house veterinarian Dr. Roy Mejorada. "Rescued wildlife should only be released in areas where there are known wild populations of the same wildlife. An existing wildlife population means a better survival rate for our rescued animals,” Dr. Mejorada said.
PENR Officer Lumayag said that the two incidents show the importance of enjoining the communities in wildlife conservation. “The awareness and initiatives of the concerned citizens helped us to administer prompt rehabilitation of the rescued wildlife. The collective efforts and cooperation of our local communities is a great help to the DENR to protect our wildlife species,” she added. (With report and photos from DENR-PENRO Sarangani) | 𝐑𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐆𝐌