Environment releases solenodonte

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MMARN) successfully released a solenodon at the Saltos de la Damajagua Natural Monument, an area that is home to colonies of this important native species.

Nature photographer Juan Guzmán, northwest regional coordinator of Protected Areas of the Vice-Ministry of Protected Areas and Biodiversity, reported that, in a coordinated action, Wildlife Inspector Robin Cepeda and veterinarian Fernando Pérez, released the specimen that was previously kept as a pet in Gurabo, Santiago.

The solenodon (solenodon paradoxus) was voluntarily handed over to the Ministry of Environment thanks to the awareness efforts led by Fernando Pérez.

Weighing 761 grams and with a tail to snout length of 51 cm, the specimen has a distinctive yellowish brown color with a white spot.

After a thorough evaluation by Monument staff, the decision was made to release it in the area of the 12-27 puddle diversion, where the species is present.

In an additional step towards conservation, camera traps have been implemented at the site to monitor and study the behavior of this unique species.

Saltos de la Damajagua Natural Monument, at the forefront of solenodonts monitoring since 2018, hosts multiple populations in an optimal state of conservation at present.

This achievement highlights the Ministry of Environment’s continued commitment to the preservation of endemic fauna, reaffirming the dedication to safeguarding the DR’s natural wealth.

“We appreciate the collaboration of the community and stress the importance of citizen awareness in the conservation of our endangered species” said Guzman.

Source: Presidencia.gob.do

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