RAISING AWARENESS ON PRESERVING EXOTIC WILDLIFE. In support of the 1st Cagayan Exotic Pet Expo 2022 launched today at the Robinsons Place in Tuguegarao City, Assistant Regional Executive Director for Technical Services Marcos Dacanay of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has urged the public to preserve wildlife species.
 
β€œWe are fortunate for having this opportunity to show the public real exotic pets which roles are important in our lives and environment,” ARED Dacanay said as he explained the provision of Republic Act 9147 or the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act".
 
ARED Dacanay who represented Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan emphasized that under the law, acquiring wildlife is not allowed unless permitted by the DENR.
 
The exhibit, which showcases the different kinds and breeds of snakes, iguanas, bearded dragons, among others, aims to increase awareness on the importance of exotic wildlife species. It also reminds the public not to harm or kill these creatures because of their contribution to nature's ecological balance.
 
β€œIndividuals who own exotic pets at home after having been evaluated as eligible to take care of these species must secure a Certificate of Wildlife Registration for monitoring,” the ARED added.
 
Engr. Dacanay together with Marketing Officer Krystann Jett Acidera of Robinsons Place Tuguegarao and Ivan Salva and Norman Roquios, both owners and exotic pet breeders of Northern Animalia and White Dragon Reptile, respectively, led the opening of the five-day exotic pet exhibit at the said mall.#