Personnel of the Cagayan de Oro City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD) Oro Rescue – Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Unit recently rescued a Yellow-headed monitor lizard (Varanus cumingi) in Barangay Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City. and turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region X, Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City last November 18, 2021.
Shown are CDRRMD-USAR staff Jan Ray Goneda (center), Alberto Bascones, Jr. (2nd from right), and Angelo Dacanay (right) during the turn-over to the DENR led by OIC, Chief of Enforcement Division Sarah P. Chacon (left) and Forester Paulyn Mae Laranjo (2nd from left).
The said reptile was temporarily placed in the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center for proper custody, check-up and safekeeping on the same day.
According to the DENR, the Yellow-headed monitor lizard is classified as “other threatened species” under Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2019-09, “Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories”, which means the wildlife is under threat from adverse factors such as over collection throughout its range and is likely to be moved to the vulnerable category.