Increasing Eastern Sarus Crane Population in Vietnam
With a mission to save the Eastern Sarus Crane, the Zoological Park Organization (ZPO) is joining hands with the Vietnam Zoos Association, People’s Committee of Dong Thap Province in Vietnam, and the International Crane Foundation to bolster their population. Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), these organizations have agreed on collaborative measures to support these majestic birds in their natural habitat.
Reviving Sarus Cranes in Vietnam and Thailand
Since 2009, the ZPO has been working on reintroducing the Eastern Sarus Crane to Thailand. The birds are bred and released into the wild wetlands of Buri Ram province. Director-General of the ZPO, Attapon Srihayun, highlighted the importance of this initiative, saying, “We are striving to bring them back from the brink of extinction into their natural habitat so they continue to fly in the skies.”
Mr. Attapon expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the effort, which includes experts and staff from the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant, Mahidol University, private sector members, local agencies, and the community in Buri Ram. The dedicated collaboration has significantly contributed to the Eastern Sarus Crane population growth.
Restoring Sarus Crane Population in Tram Chim National Park
The MoU aims to address the Eastern Sarus Crane’s declining population numbers in Vietnam, particularly in Tram Chim National Park. The partnership focuses on breeding and transferring captive-reared juvenile Sarus Cranes from Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo for release in Vietnam.
In addition, initiatives under the MoU encompass training staff, developing captive-rearing facilities, and establishing a monitoring and release system. These efforts will play a crucial role in restoring the Eastern Sarus Crane population in Vietnam and ensuring their long-term survival.
Conservation Efforts Contributing to a Brighter Future
The collaboration between the ZPO, the Vietnam Zoos Association, and other partners is a testament to the power of collective action in addressing conservation challenges. The Eastern Sarus Crane’s revival in Vietnam and Thailand serves as a reminder of the importance of active preservation and sustainable development efforts. Through this partnership, these noble birds can continue to thrive in their natural habitat, with their population numbers continuing to grow for years to come.