In line with the celebration of the 2022 World Wildlife Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources IX released back to the wild a Brahminy Kite and a Rufous Night Heron in the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology Bird Sanctuary today.
 
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration.”
 
Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Western Mindanao Joan A. Lagunda spearheaded the wildlife release and lauded the continued and consistent efforts of DENR IX in wildlife protection and conservation.
 
“We cannot battle this alone. Our mission is to mobilize the citizenry in protecting our environment and natural resources. Let us enjoin further collaborations and partnerships in order to be successful,” Asec Lagunda added.
The Rufous Night Heron was turned over by the local ENR office of the Municipality of Tungawan. On the other hand, the Brahminy Kite was rescued by CENRO Zamboanga personnel in Brgy. Boalan, this city.
 
Among the ecological importance of birds include maintaining sustainable population levels of their prey and predator species as well as provide food for scavengers and decomposers. Many birds are also vital in plant reproduction pollination or seed dispersal.
 
The two species were assessed, evaluated and already cleared for release by the City Veterinarian of Zamboanga.
 
Also present during the release were officials and staff from the ZSCMST headed by Dr. Jaime Jalon, the Philippine Army Reserve Command headed by MGen Fernando Felipe and the DENR IX.
 
The public is advised to report sightings of wildlife injuries to their nearest CENR Office or message DENR Zamboanga Peninsula on Facebook.
 
March 3 marks the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES in 1973. Since then, the annual event has made significant contributions in raising awareness about the significance and importance of the world’s wild animals and plants. #