The Center for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecotourism under the Chu Mom Ray National Park in Kon Tum Province, on June 3, informed that the center has been taking care of a Javanese pangolin individual transferred by the Forest Protection Department of Kon Tum City before releasing it back into the wild.
The Javanese pangolin individual found in Kon Tum Province. (Photo: SGGP)
The Javanese pangolin, with the scientific name of Manis Javanica, belongs to Group IB- the list of endangered, precious, and rare forest fauna threatened with extinction, prioritized for protection. It is also a globally endangered forest animal, listed in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. It is also one of the most exploited mammals in Southeast Asia, often being hunted for domestic consumption and traded abroad for meat and traditional medicine. In addition, this species is threatened by habitat degradation.
The Forest Protection Department of Kon Tum City hands over the pangolin to the Center for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecotourism for better care. (Photo: SGGP)
This pangolin individual was caught by Nguyen Van Phi, a farmer in Village No.1 in Dak Cam Commune, in his garden. Knowing that the pangolin is a rare species, which is not allowed arbitrarily to keep it in captivity, his family handed it over to the Forest Protection Department of Kon Tum City. When being handed over, the Javanese pangolin is a male individual, alive and healthy, with a total weight of 2.8 kilograms. According to the Forest Protection Department of Kon Tum City, the unit sent it to the Center for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecotourism for better care.