The first ever captive breed of White-bellied Heron was released on 17th September, 2011 marking a huge success of the research program. The Heron was released from its flight pan in presence of environmentalists and other stakeholders.
It was observed that the Heron remained around the captive site for a day and flew off to upstream place of Punatshangchhu. The heron was not observed for few days but soon reappeared around the river belt.
The Heron was fitted with a solar portable Teletransmitter which will relay the location of the Heron’s migration places.
The Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation has invested in the documentary production of the White-bellied Heron and will be soon released.