By Restituto A. Cayubit
Palo, Leyte – The Regional Wildlife Rescue Center (RWRC) run by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Eastern Visayas office here has been attracting more visitors in the past months.
DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca told reporters the center, located in the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Leyte compound in Barangay Baras, is the rehabilitation area for confiscated, rescued, and abandoned wildlife found in Eastern Visayas.
Sibbaluca said that while the center looks after wildlife, it also serves as a place to learn about the conservation of wildlife in the region and is open for educational tours and family trips.
It has under its care several kinds of wild cats, birds, monkeys, snakes, and assorted other animals
The animals are released into their natural habitat in the protected areas of the region as soon as they are fit and healthy.
Sibbaluca attributed the increase in visitors to the intensive campaign of his office to conserve and protect wildlife especially those that are endangered.
He said the center was transferred to Palo from Babatngon town after it destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda in 2013.