The rescued variable monitor lizard (Varanus palawanensis). (Photo from PCSDS)

A 1.5-meter long endangered variable monitor lizard rescued by workers and barangay authorities at Gate 3 of the NCCC Mall in Barangay Maningning was handed over recently to the care of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS).

Mall workers Mark Joseph Martinez and Elvin Santiago, as well as Maningning barangay secretary Anna Marie Dadaeg, handed over the variable monitor lizard (Varanus palawanensis) on August 11, according to the PCSDS in an issued statement the next day.

The four-kilogram lizard was initially seen last week, but it was finally rescued on August 10 when NCCC mall employees alerted Brgy. Maningning authorities.

The reptile, which was turned over to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) for its rehabilitation, is listed as an endangered species under PCSD Resolution No. 15-521.

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