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109 11-13
Release crested serpent eagles into the wild on the World Animal Day (October 4) – New Taipei City let love fly

October 4 is the World Animal Day. This day was created with the aspiration that people around the world will pay attention to endangered species and further care for all animals. Mayor of New Taipei City Hou Yu-ih specially selected Shihding District Hsiaokotou Wild Bird Halfway House to hold the wildlife release event “New Taipei City let love fly on the World Animal Day (October 4)”. Wild Bird Society of Northern Taiwan; Luodong Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau; and Fongjhu Junior High School were all invited to join this grand wildlife conservation event of New Taipei City to share their wildlife conservation results over recent years and to release two crested serpent eagles recovered from injuries. This event advocates that, by reporting injured wildlife to Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office that offers professional animal care services, citizens can help wildlife to recover from injuries and return to natural habitat. All participants also witnessed two crested serpent eagles, known as an endemic protected animal, spread its wings wide open again and returned to the forest.
Richly endowed by nature, New Taipei City is a habitat of many wildlife. The City has specially selected Shihding District to hold this wildlife release event led by Mayor Hou Yu-ih and invited Luodong Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau; representatives of greater Taipei’s wild bird conservation groups; and teachers and students of Fongjhu Junior High School to witness the City’s wildlife conservation results this year and to show the determination of and collaboration between public and private sectors in protecting wildlife. Over the years, New Taipei City Government has been cooperating with wildlife conservation groups from different fields. For example, cooperating with Keelung Wild Bird Society to protect and conserve the peregrine falcon species located in Chiuchang Cliff, Ruifang District; National Taiwan Ocean University and (Taiwan Cetacean Society to save accidently trapped or stranded whales, dolphins and sea turtles; and Raptor Research Group of Taiwan to give medical assistance to and care take of injured raptors. This time, Mayor Hou Yu-ih led all participants to release two crested serpent eagles into the wild. This not only helps wildlife to return to their natural habitat, but also advocates the importance of wildlife conservation and make the City a wildlife-friendly city while optimizing all animals’ welfare. 
New Taipei City established Shihding District Hsiaokotou Wild Bird Halfway House in 2004. The Halfway House currently shelters 15 wild animals, including 12 crested serpent eagles, 2 crested goshawks, 1 black-winged kite. Among all county and city governments, New Taipei City is also the earlies one that established the wild bird halfway house and has 9 rescue cages. With the efforts in animal conservation, the number of wildlife species has gradually increased over the years. Nevertheless, human activities and developments have resulted in the damage of wildlife habitats and increase of conflicts between human and animals. To fulfill the demand for wildlife release trainings after the rescue, the Halfway House has gradually transformed into a wildlife release training center, where wild animals are progressively trained, sheltered and cared by professionals to gradually adapt to the natural environment. Each year, New Taipei City Government’s Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office rescues over 6,000 wild animals. Until now, the Office has rescued ten thousands of injured animals, showing its great contribution in wildlife and ecology conservation.
Mayor Hou Yu-ih expressed that, richly endowed by nature, New Taipei City nurtured all types of wild animals. Hou said that the City had 9 wildlife rescue and medical stations and, through public and private collaboration, the number would increase to 20. Hou believes wildlife conservation requires all citizens’ cooperation and is the responsibility of all citizens. It is his expectation that all citizens shall not only respect wildlife’s living environment and space, but also, in case of finding any injured wild animal on the roadside or at home, immediately report the case to the Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office. It is prohibited to take them back home as it breaches the law. In case of having any question or problem, please dial the 1999 hotline or (02)2959-6353 to report the case to Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office.
Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office, New Taipei City 

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Last updated: 109-11-13 Back