A Philippine Long-Tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis philippensis) was recently turned over by a concerned citizen to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Iriga.

Although the monkey was in good condition, it was still placed under observation and rehabilitation and was transported to the Albay Parks and Wildlife in Legazpi City for temporary shelter before it can be released to the wild.

The Philippine Long-Tailed Macaque is listed under “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Likewise, all wildlife in the Philippines are protected under Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act".

The DENR V is continuously appealing to the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to its natural habitat. Continuous information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns are being conducted by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office. (With report from CENRO Iriga)