DENR takes steps to protect Sailfin lizard in Philippines
The Philippines sailfin lizard (Hydrosaurus Pustulatus) are declining rapidly because of hunting.
Department of Environment and Natural resources (DENR) made a move to open up protected areas in Northern Mindanao and the provincial government of Misamis Oriental were pushing to declare parts of a river as protected of a lizard species that was being threatened by massive hunting.
The Philippines sailfin lizard (Hydrosaurus Pustulatus) which is known as ibid locally, calls the lower Solana River as its home but the conservation experts said the population of the lizards is declining rapidly because of hunting.
The lizard is only one of the two species found in the Philippines, the other is Hydrosaurus Amboinensis which is found in the country's northern areas.
The Protected Area management and the Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) of the DENR recommended the declaration of parts of the town's river where the lizards are found as a critical habitat, the step will be taken to protect the lizard.
The chief of the PAMBCS, Ranoray Love Noro said that his office is now on the final stage of having the lizard habitat the Solana River as a critical area, which will restrict all forms of hunting or encroachment.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species, listed the Philippines sailfin lizard as a threatened species.