The forest management department of Van Ban mountainous district in the northern province of Lao Cai released over 100 wild birds back into their natural habitat on September 17.

The birds, including many rare species such as red-whiskered bulbul (pycnonotus jocosus), white stork (Eretta garzetta) and spotted dove (streptopelia chinensis), had been illegally snared by two local people.
According to Ha Minh Son, director of the department, the Hoang Lien-Van Ban Nature Reserve Area is home to many rare species of flora, such as Taiwanese araucaria (Taiwania crytomerioides) and acanthus goldthread (Mahonia beali).

The area is also haven for threatened animal species such as the black gibbon (Nomascus concolor), black-back bird (Sitta formosa), toadfish (Paramesotriton deloustali), small loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) and large-cranium bat (Myotis siligorensis), Son added.

He said his department has been working hard to prevent local people from hunting and snaring the park’s wildlife.-VNA