Collaboration to Boost Eastern Sarus Crane Population in Vietnam
The Zoological Park Organization (ZPO) has joined forces with the Vietnam Zoos Association to increase the population of the Eastern Sarus Crane in Vietnam. Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the collaboration also includes the People’s Committee of Dong Thap Province in Vietnam and the International Crane Foundation.
Reintroducing Cranes to Thailand and Expanding Efforts
Since 2009, the ZPO has been working on reintroducing Eastern Sarus Cranes to Thailand, with breeding and release taking place in the natural wetlands of Buri Ram province. “We aim to bring them back from the brink of extinction into their natural habitat so they can continue to grace our skies,” stated Attapon Srihayun, director-general of the ZPO.
Attapon expressed gratitude toward those involved in the project, including scientists and staff from the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant, Mahidol University, as well as those in the private sector, local agencies, and residents of Buri Ram.
Addressing the Risk of Extinction in Vietnam
The Eastern Sarus Crane population in Vietnam remains at risk of extinction, which is why the MoU aims to restore their numbers within Tram Chim National Park. To achieve this, the partnership will involve breeding and transferring captive-reared juvenile Sarus Cranes from Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo to Vietnam.
Training and Development for Crane Conservation
Additionally, the collaboration will focus on training staff and developing captive-rearing facilities while also establishing a release and monitoring system. By increasing the population of the Eastern Sarus Crane in Vietnam, this partnership strives to secure a brighter future for these beautiful birds, ensuring they continue to thrive in their natural environments.