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NGO rescues a Stump-tailed macaque baby from Noklak

By EMN Updated: Jul 28, 2013 2:16 pm

Dimapur, July 27

monkeyTHE Natural Nagas rescued a baby of threatened Stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides) from Noklak area in Tuensang district after its mother was killed by hunters.

Tongpangzemba Ao, director of NagalandZoologicalPark at Rangapahar said the infant macaque was brought on July 25 to the zoological park for care and rehabilitation. The rescued baby has been named Gracy by the society, and is being nursed in the park’s rescue centre.Stump-tailed macaque babies are born white, and are found in Southern China and Southeast Asia. It is also found in small numbers in Assam, eastern Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur. The macaque species is hunted for food and medicine. It is also killed because it is seen as pests, as the macaque species tends to destroy crops while looking for food.

The state department of forest appreciated the effort of the members of Natural Nagas for rescuing the baby Stump-tailed macaque from Noklak area. The society is working closely with the department for conservation activities, Ao said.

Natural Nagas is an NGO, working for preservation of wildlife and biodiversity in Nagaland. At present, it is involved in creating awareness on conservation of wildlife. The society is also working on documentation of elephants in Nagaland. The society also works with the Wildlife Trust of India for protection of Amur Falcons in Wokha area.

Ao said endangered and threatened wildlife species in Nagaland can only be saved with the help of responsible individuals and NGOs. The department urged everyone in the state to come forward, and to extend a helping hand in protecting the wildlife population in the state.

By EMN Updated: Jul 28, 2013 2:16:41 pm