The DENR CALABARZON through its Conservation and Development Division released five (5) heads of Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) and six (6) heads of Marbled Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus marmoratus) last July 9, July 17, and July 18, 2021 near Mount Nagcarlan, Lamot II, Calauan, Laguna and in Quezon Protected Landscape and Binahaan River Watershed Forest Reserve, Pagbilao, Quezon.
Prior to the release, the Region’s Wildlife Release Team observed the species for any imprint or docile behavior, and secured health certificates from attending veterinarian of the Provincial Veterinary Clinic of Laguna indicating fit for release, and coordinated with the concerned barangays.
“As much as possible, we conduct immediate release of turned over wildlife to avoid imprinting and domestication, and also to reduce the number of wildlife being maintained at the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center. We have also hired a technical staff to closely monitor the species being rehabilitated at the Rescue Center”, Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria said.
The Regional Wildlife Rescue Center located in Barangay Lamot II, Calauan, Laguna, currently houses a total of 186 wildlife. From January to September 2021, a total of 29 heads of wildlife were released back to their natural habitat. Before disposition, the Wildlife Release Team conducts coordination meetings with the local community to orient them on RA 9147 or Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act and the planned release of wildlife in their area.