Gen Surasak Karnjanarat, the Natural Resources and Environment minister, on Monday released 66 hog deers, which are protected animals, into the Dong Yai Reserve in Tambon Lam Nang Rong in Non Din Daeng district of Buri Ram province.
The release of the wild animals is a programme carried out by the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, to conserve and rehabilitate wildlife and create the balance for natural resources, environment and ecosystem.
The programme is also in the honour of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, His Majesty the Queen, and to celebrate the 65th birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.
Under the programme, about 25,000 wild animals of 48 types have been released into the wild.
Hog deer is a protected wild animal under the Wildlife Protection and Conservation Act of 1960. Breeding of hog deers has been carried out by the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Since 1983, the department has so far released 629 into the country’s game reserves.