𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐧

by | May 22, 2024

𝐏𝐮𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐨 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐚 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐧; 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟏, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒- In an exemplary act of wildlife protection, officers from the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group 2nd Special Operations Unit (PNP Maritime 2nd SOU) rescued a male Palawan pangolin and turned it over to PCSDS.

According to the officers, they received a report at 2 a.m. from a resident of Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City, stating that a pangolin was being chased by a dog. Responding immediately, the officers arrived at the scene and discovered the endangered animal clinging to a cashew tree.

The swift and effective response ensured the safety of the pangolin, which is critically endangered due to illegal wildlife trade and habitat destruction. Later that same day, the officers transferred the pangolin to PCSDS, where it will receive the necessary care and evaluation before being considered for release back into its natural habitat.

The Palawan Pangolin holds critical ecological significance as an endemic species to Palawan and is designated as “Critically Endangered” under PCSD Resolution No. 15-521.

The PCSDS encourages fellow citizens who happen to encounter any live wildlife to leave them alone in their natural habitat. However, if said animal is under or poses an immediate risk, only then could they be turned over to our office or seek assistance by calling our hotlines: PCSDS Wildlife Enforcement Unit (WEU) at 0931-964-2128 (Smart), or the PCSDS Front Desk hotline at 0970-302-8554 (Smart) and Landline (048) 434-4235 / 434-4234. PCSDS can also be reached through Facebook (pcsd7611), and Instagram (pcsd_ra7611).