The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Protect Wildlife project, celebrated World Wildlife Day with new innovations toward protecting and conserving the Philippine wildlife.
Last March 3, USAID turned over a brand new x-ray system to the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB). The system is complete with a mobile radiographic unit, an imaging workstation, and a high-speed digital image reader. The center’s diagnostics hub was also refurbished to make sure the room is compatible to the new radiographic equipment. The x-ray system not only increases efficiency and productivity of wildlife examination at the center, but it also helps veterinarians and other personnel to correctly diagnose conditions of rescued wildlife before taking the best course of action. The infrastructure support package is part of Protect Wildlife project’s strategy to boost wildlife protection in the Philippines by supporting rehabilitation of rescued wildlife and improving their chances of being released back to the wild.
USAID also gave a sneak peek at the new WildALERT app, a digital tool developed by BMB and USAID to help DENR frontliners and law enforcement partners in the fight against wildlife trafficking. The WildALERT system is a mobile phone application that has web interface, and contains species library and a report management platform that aid enforcers in identifying wildlife species, reporting incidents of wildlife crimes, and managing reports submitted from the field. (PWP/ Meg Yandoc)