Twenty one animals belonging to 11 endangered wildlife species were rescued in the first quarter, according to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in Ho Chi Minh City.

They included the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae), pygmy loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus), slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis), Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), and Burmese ferret-badger (Melogale personata).

In February the centre released a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) back into the sea at Hai Tac island in Kien Giang province.

It has upgraded its facilities, installing a new fish tank and a new enclosure for civets and creating more room for volunteers, many of them foreigners.-VNA