A juvenile Luzon Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides manillae) was recently rescued and turned over to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Sur headed by PENR Officer Grace L. Cariño.
The said wildlife species was rescued and turned over by Mr. Richard Quintana from the custody of a resident of Barangay Haring, Canaman, Camarines Sur. Upon assessment, the PENRO Technical Team found out that the bird weighs about 0.25 kilograms and has an average wingspan of 0.60 meters. However, having observed that the Hornbill is still young and is not fit for release, the bird was temporarily placed under the custody and care of the PENRO. However, the PENRO ensures its safety and the release of the same once it is fit to survive on its own in the wild.
The Luzon Tarictic Hornbill is endemic to forests in Luzon and nearby islands in the northern Philippines. Poaching, illegal hunting and possession of wildlife species without proper documents are prohibited under the Republic Act (RA) 9147, otherwise known as the “Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act”.
The DENR is seeking the cooperation of the public to report and turn over any wildlife species without proper documents.