USAID, through its Protect Wildlife project in the Philippines, recently announced new investments to help the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) improve emergency and diagnostic care for rescued wildlife. USAID donated to DENR new ultrasound and X-ray machines that would help diagnose diseases, injuries, and conditions of wildlife brought to the National Wildlife Rescue and Research Center (NWRCC).
Presently, wildlife retrieved or rescued in Metro Manila, as well as trafficked exotic wildlife confiscated at airports and seaports, is brought to NWRRC in Quezon City. The center is mandated to take the lead in the care for and rehabilitation of wildlife species, which often arrive stressed or in trauma due to their injuries or confinement.
Using the new ultrasound and X-ray machines would increase the efficiency and accuracy of diagnosis of the center’s veterinarians and staff, resulting in proper care and treatment recommendations for and improved management and prevention of wildlife diseases. With this equipment, the center no longer needs to outsource diagnostic services; instead, it can now promptly address immediate needs of wildlife patients, assess their health, and rehabilitate them for release.
“We sincerely thank USAID for its support for our advocacy and efforts to conserve, preserve, and protect the Philippines’ biodiversity,” said Dr. Glenn Maguad of NWRCC.
Dr. Maguad added that the new equipment would also be used in compiling baseline images of native and endemic species. These images could help identify and determine the status and medical conditions of similar wildlife species in different rescue centers in the country. (PWP/ May Anne Ramos)