Venezuela: Ministry of Environment Evaluates Proposed Regional Shelters for Endangered Species

The Directorate General of the National Office of Biological Diversity (ONDB) is evaluating the possibility to build the proposed Shelter Network for Endangered Species.

Based on the significant experience and performance of the Center for Rehabilitation and Shelter of Wildlife that functions on the premises of the Ministry of Popular Power for the Environment in Nueva Esparta.

The information was released by Javier Valera, CEO of Biological Diversity, who said that the work is done within the framework of national programs for the conservation of endangered species and prevention and control of illegal traffic management of species within the national strategy for conservation of biological diversity and its 2010-2020 action plan.

“We are confident that with a plan for structural reinforcement in these shelters, we would improve the rapid response and rehabilitation systems of those confiscated specimens which are temporarily received in these spaces, because once rehabilitated, they will be transferred and kept in Zoos and Aquariums or released into their native wild habitat parks. Each of these actions, of course , are determined according to studies and respective of each of these species ecological analysis” he said.

Moreover, Valera also stressed that the insular region and the east of the country represents a critical area where the smuggling of species exists, so there is the strong need to integrate a component of action research supported from a shared environmental management among various Venezuelan institutions in the environmental area .

During the visit, the public servant learned in detail about operation of the facility , and also held a meeting with Elizabeth Puleo Fernández , State Director of the Popular Power for the Environment in the state, who emphasized the work done towards conservation of wildlife and which complies with the Law of the Country Plan, specifically the Quinto History Objective, a legacy of Commander Hugo Chávez.

He noted that during the working day, the coordinator of Environmental Conservation in Nueva Esparta, Luis Bermudez, was also involved and worked on organizing actions for the release of non- local wildlife found in different hostels in the region, as well as in applying strategies for strengthening the knowledge of public servants in the institution for which this month will be held a workshop on biodiversity strategy .

Wildlife to Be Released

Bermudez said that currently working for the certification of some specimens of capuchin monkeys ( Cebus olivaceus ) , and they are expected to be released in Monagas state.

He said that these actions are executed to ensure the optimal health of individuals, and also to prevent the spread of any illness that could endanger the monkey troops that are in their natural environment.

Public servants also said that spectacled caiman ( Caiman crocodilus ) and turtle burrowing ( Podocnemys vogli ) are also suitable for release in some areas of eastern Venezuela.

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