Forest officials and villagers with the Asian Monitor Lizard which was rescued from Longmatra Village in Kiphire district and released at Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary.
KIPHIRE, MAY 21 (MExN): An Asian Monitor Lizard (Varanus Salvator), which is a Schedule I reptile in the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, was rescued from the Longmatra village area of Kiphire district and eventually released.
A press note from the Kiphire Wildlife Division informed that the reptile had strayed into the village on May 19, with information reaching the wildlife division on May 20. Following the receipt of this information, Range Forest Officer, K Kiusang and Forest Guard, John Yimchunger rushed to the area.
The reptile was then handed over by the Longmatra Village Council members and the village Wildlife Conservation Committee members to the department, in the presence of Kiphire District Administration. The reptile, on the same evening, was released at the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary, Kiphire.
The division expressed gratitude to Longmatra Village, Reny Wilfred IAS, SDO (Hq) and the Kiphire District Administration team for their timely assistance in the conservation of wildlife.
Kiphire, Mon (except Singhphan Wildlife Sanctuary area), Longleng, Tuensang, Noklak and Phek districts are part of the Kiphire Wildlife Division jurisdiction. The division informed the public that they can reach out to them at 7085084848 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for matters pertaining to wildlife from these areas.