Red-headed cranes, an endangered bird species, are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.
The two cranes are expected to arrive at the national park before the province announces the crane recovery plan on December 14.
On Tuesday, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Le Quoc Phong led a delegation to inspect the crane farming area and items of a project to preserve and develop flocks of Sarus cranes at Tram Chim National Park.
Nguyen Van Lam, director of the national park, reported that a provincial delegation arrived in Thailand early this month to negotiate for the two cranes.
The Dong Thap Party Committee wrote to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday last week, requesting support in working with the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs to complete procedures to receive the cranes, Lam added.
|A completed Sarus crane farming area. Photo: Tong Doanh / Tuoi Tre|
Phong required the management unit of Tram Chim National Park to quickly complete infrastructure as well as crane care and preservation plans.
The national park must work out a detailed plan to transport the cranes by road and air by the end of this month at the latest.
It should design an area where visitors can admire the cranes and seek expert opinions on bird care to ensure that the cranes are not negatively affected after being transported to Dong Thap, the provincial official noted.
On November 3, the administration of Dong Thap Province approved a plan to preserve and develop flocks of Sarus cranes at Tram Chim National Park from 2022 to 2032, with a total cost of nearly VND185 billion ($7.6 million).
Out of the total cost, nearly VND56 billion ($2.3 million) will be used for receiving and nurturing Sarus cranes and studying their reproduction to increase the number of flocks. Nearly VND25 billion ($1 million) will be allocated for the improvement and restoration of their ecosystem and habitat, VND36 billion ($1.5 million) for the development of an eco-agricultural production model, VND17 billion ($0.7 million) for communications, and VND52 billion ($2.1 million) for infrastructure and equipment.