This supplied photo shows rangers bringing endangered wild animals in cages to release them into nature in southern Vietnam.
Six primates, which had been caught in a residential area in Ho Chi Minh City, and more than 200 other endangered wild animals have been returned to the wild, the municipal forest protection department said on Monday.
The six monkeys were among a group of primates that had paid unwelcome visits to a residential area in the city’s District 12 in January 2021 before being transferred to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in the namesake district for treatment and care.
It is said that their parents had escaped the cage of a local man about ten years ago to dense trees near a local canal.
|A wild monkey sits atop a house roof in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, January 2021. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre|
Some 204 other wild animals belonging to 28 species, including long-tailed monkeys, pig-tailed macaques, red-faced monkeys, little lorises, king cobras, wildcats, great hornbills, small-clawed otters, yellow mountain turtles, and one-eyed cobras, were also rescued by the Cu Chi wildlife station.
All of those 210 wild animals, which are classified as endangered and rare, had been voluntarily handed over by organizations and individuals to the wildlife station.
At the end of December 2021, 184 of the wild animals, including six primates, were released into Cat Tien National Park in southern Dong Nai Province while the 26 remaining creatures were freed to Bu Gia Map National Park in southern Binh Phuoc Province.