Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Photo: VNA)
Thanh Hoa (VNA) – The management board of Pu Luong Nature Reserve in Bac Thuoc district, north central Thanh Hoa province, has implemented a research project to preserve the Asian black bear and palm civet between 2017 and 2019.

The project aims to record the number and distribution of the two animals, food resources and possible threats to devise measures to move them off the list of endangered species.

Director of the management board Le The Su said the three-year-old project will invite experts to provide inspection and preservation training for 20 officials.

A dozen workshops will be held to raise local awareness of protecting the rare animals.

The number of Asian black bears and palm civets at Pu Luong has declined due to illegal hunting and deforestation.

An Asian black bear weighs 80-180kg with round-shaped ears, a white V-shaped chest and a short tail.

A palm civet has a pale yellow or buff-grey body with 4-5 black bands on its back.-VNA