NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, March 8 (PIA6) - - Releasing of animals back to the wild marked the World Wildlife Day celebration here, March 3.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) released 11 reticulated pythons, two monitor lizards, two grass owls and a Philippine sailfin lizard into the wild in Talisay City.
PENRO is joined by the Community ENR Offices of Bago and Kabankalan where these wildlife animals where temporary sheltered prior to their release.
The World Wildlife Day 2018 with the theme "Big cats: predators under threat" is celebrated every 3rdday of March when the landmark Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora was adopted in 1973.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, in his statement in the DENR website, said the celebration is a crucial step in promoting the protection of wildlife species in the Philippines.
The Philippines joins the global celebration as a manifestation of its commitment to the CITES regulating the commercial trade of animal and plant species.
This annual celebration aims to raise awareness of endangered animal and plant species, and as means to fight crimes against wildlife. (LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)