On April 17th, 10 wild animals, 7 of which are Chinese second-class national protected animals, all meeting the release standard, were sent back to nature in the Baisongling Preserve—15 miles away from Jiaozuo, Henan.
The staff of Henan Province Wildlife Rescue Center, in turn, opened the 10 cages carrying wild animals. Among these are an upland buzzard, a Eurasian eagle-owl, two goshawks, three common buzzards, and three ring-necked pheasants.
“These 10 wild animals have been rescued by us recently. Thanks to the Preserve staff’s meticulous care, they recovered so well and now meet the release standard,” said Dajun Zheng, the superintendent of the Rescue Office of Henan Province Wildlife Rescue Center.
“In order to track these wild animals’ migration routes and movement rhythms, we placed GSP trackers on 7 of these animals. The devices help us ascertain their migration routes, stop points, and habitats in detail, all of which then become valuable data for studies on wildlife migration patterns,” Zheng explained.
After the cage was open, some animals soared towards the sky, while others walked around cautiously as if they were trying to make sure they could still fly. Upon this exciting scene, a staff said: “Wildlife have feelings too. Although they feel reluctant to leave the Rescue Center after spending a long time with humans, they choose to fly away anyway. After all, nature is where they truly belong.”
To increase the release rate, the Preserve staff regularly conduct thorough examinations of the site, according to Director Li of the Henan Province Wildlife Rescue Center. They eventually selected the Qingyang Planting Base in Jiaozuo as the release site for its beautiful environment and dense vegetations. When executing the release, they also motivated the public to participate in wildlife protection actively.
This releasing activity was organized by Henan Province Wildlife Rescue Center and Jiaozuo Forestry Bureau. Jiazuo’s coal industry helped it thrive in the 20th century, but it became a resource-exhausted city. As a result, it has started to develop its ecotourism industry in recent years.
Info and photos from henan100.com: http://www.henan100.com/news/2018/774091.shtml
Translated by Victor Du, edited by Riley Peng @Animal Dialogue