Ten great hornbill birds were released back to their reserve on 31 October, after being cared for by the Forestry Department. The hornbills were initially caught near milepost 53 on the Minbu-An Lan Highway, west of Goatgyi Village in Ngaphe Township, Minbu District, Magway Region.
“There are many protected hornbills in the Natyaykan Mountain area. The birds we just released had been caught by a merchant from Magway Township. The collaboration was between the regional Forestry Department and A Lin Dan Group of young people from the mountainous region, made up of residents working to preserve the hornbill species,” said Ko Yan Naung Tun, an Asho Chin ethnic.
Present when the birds were released were Director U Myint Thein Khine and Assistant Director U Thein Naing Kyaw from Magway Region Forestry Department; Assistant Director U Khin Maung Soe from the District Forestry Department; Police Captain Aung Ko Naing from the regional Police Force, along with police officers; Deputy Administrator of Ngaphe Township U Tin Win; Headof Township Forestry Department U Moe Arkar Kyaw; and 75 local residents. The officials also discussed forestry conservation with the local residents.
Than Naing Oo (Ngaphe)