Two hornbills set free into Nat Ma Taung National Park

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Wildlife conservationists releasing the two hornbills into Nat Ma Taung National Park in Kanpetlet, Chin State on 2 September, 2020. PHOTO: Ko Lain (IPRD)

Two hornbills were released into Nat Ma Taung National Park, in Kanpetlet town, Mindat District, Chin State in the evening of 2 September as it is challenging to protect them due to extreme weather in Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary. Earlier, they were bred at Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary, and it is impossible to keep conserving them under the climate change. Therefore, the hornbills were sent to Nat Ma Taung National Park. They were set for release by the officials of Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division later into the Park. When they were handed over to the Park, they were only three months old. They have been taken care of at Nat Ma Taung Conservation Camp over the three months. Then, they were released in the Park.
The hornbills are listed as endangered species under the Biodiversity and Conservation of Protected Area Law. Hunting of hornbills carries fine and imprisonment from three to 10 years, said U Sein Tun, an officer of the Nat Ma Taung National Park. — Ko Lain (IPRD) (Translated by EMM)

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