A total of 35 critically endangered Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica) were released back to the wild on June 15 by conservation group Save Vietnam’s Wildlife in the biggest pangolin release in Vietnam.
They are among 43 pangolins that park rangers in Hoa Binh Province seized from poachers. The rare animals have recovered after a month being taken care of by conservationists at the Cuc Phuong National Park.
The pangolins were taken across 1,700 km to the Cat Tien National Park where they were released on June 15.
According to the group, also known as SVW, the pangolins were transported in specially constructed wooden crates, given constant access to fresh water and air and traveled in an air-conditioned bus.
Thai Van Nguyen, SVW director, said that conservationists use radio transmitters to track released animals for research and assessment of the release process.
“These devices allow us to monitor movements of the animals, as well as alert us if animals are hunted or trapped which may give us enough time to locate and rescue the animal,” he said.
The release of the pangolins was an important event ahead of the CITES Pangolin Range States meeting, which will take place in Da Nang from June 24-26, he said.