To protect wild animals north of the Truong Son mountain range

Help animals get back to nature

Vu Quang National Park, in the province of Hà Tinh, recognized as an ASEAN Heritage Park in October 2019, is located at an average altitude of 800 m. It is a place that promotes the conservation of biodiversity and precious and rare genetic resources.

According to Trân Dinh Anh, deputy head of the park’s Office of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, the park currently cares for six pig-tailed macaques (macaca leonina), but also proboscis monkeys (macaca mulatta), 40 turtles and a python. Thanks to their experience, the employees of the establishment effectively care for wild animals with a view to their return to the wild.

Whenever an animal is injured by a trap or a poacher’s bullet, in addition to taking emergency measures to keep it alive, we contact our colleagues at the Center for Rescue and Protection of Wild Animals to discuss the most appropriate treatment”, informs Trân Dinh Anh.

For its part, the veterinary clinic of the Pù Mát Wildlife Rescue Center, located in the named national park, in Ngê An province, treats injured or sick wild animals. Doctor Nguyên Tât Hà, who has been involved in rescuing wild animals for 18 years, explains that injured animals behave differently than usual. While some are on the defensive and ready to attack caregivers, others lie down.

The doctor notes that “before each procedure I always look at the scar on my right hand to remind myself to take precautions to avoid attacks”.

According to the Deputy Director of Pù Mát National Park, Luu Trung Kiên, ”we have cured and rehabilitated thousands of animals. This is a process that usually takes a few months, after which they are released back into their natural environment. But there are also many cases where it takes years of care for an animal to regain its autonomy.”.

In Pù Mát National Park there are currently two bears, four gibbons and a few other species that have been kept in cages for a long time because these individuals have lost their wild instincts.

According to the staff of the Vu Quang and Pù Mát National Parks and the Pù Hoat Nature Reserve, the greatest happiness, although the work is difficult, is to help the animals return to the wild.

Lack of human resources

Baby tigers treated at the “special hospital” of Pù Mát Wildlife Rescue Center in Nghê An Province (Centre).

Photo: Canh Hue/CVN

According to the deputy director of Vu Quang National Park, Thái Canh Toàn, in addition to the missions of offering and caring for wild animals, the establishment has actively coordinated with Vietnamese and foreign specialists to conduct biodiversity and conservation research. This establishment is home to many species of rare and endangered wild fauna and flora such as the tiger, so la (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), the gaur (also called “Indian bison“), the elephant, the red-legged douc…

Luu Trung Kiên laments the lack of human resources in Pù Mát National Park and believes that one employee should be solely responsible for the management and protection of more than 1,300 ha of forest.

Currently, the protection of the Pù Mút forests, in addition to the 72 rangers, is also assisted by the Vietnam Wildlife Conservation Center, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), supported by scientific research and the improvement of the application of the Forest Protection Law.

In these special areas, rich in protected species, hunting and commercial logging are prohibited. This helps to provide a safer living environment for the animals.

God Thuy/CVN

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