One Variable Monitor Lizard (𝘝𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴) was turned over by Mr. Elbert Osalia of Hartman Road, Barangay San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) Enforcement Team on September 17, 2021, at around 06:00 AM.
Mr. Osalia stated that on September 16, 2021, at around 8:20 PM, he noticed a cat and a monitor lizard clashing in his area of responsibility and restrained the animals. Then, the lizard lingered and wandered around the area before heading for the road. Fearing it would cross the road and be hit by a vehicle, he caught the reptile and reported it to Mr. Jumong Ustares, a radio anchor and station manager of 103.1 Brigada News FM-Puerto Princesa, who in turn reported it to PCSDS Spokesperson and Forester John Vincent Fabello on September 16, 2021, at 9:40 PM. On the same night, Mr. Fabello relayed the information to the PCSDS Enforcement Team.
The Variable Monitor Lizard, which is listed as “Endangered Species” under the PCSD Resolution 15-521, measures 112 cms in length and weighs approximately 2 Kg.
The Variable Monitor Lizard was brought to the PCSDS office for proper disposition on September 17, 2021.
The PCSDS urges persons who happen to find or rescue wildlife to turn them over to our office, which can be contacted thru hotline numbers 0935-116-2336 (Globe/TM) and 0948-937-2200 (Smart/TNT). You may also send a message to our Facebook page for your other concerns.