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The Great Philippine Eagle: glorious, challenging

September 24, 2020 - Thursday 8:09 PM by PR

Article Banner Image Learn more about the Mt. Apo Natural Park and the Philippine Eagle as they will be included during the Protected Area (PA) Talk this Monday, September 28, 2020. The said talk is organized by the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and will be hosted by no less than the Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda. PEF

The Philippines is home to the acclaimed largest and rarest raptor there is in the wild- the Philippine Eagle (?????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????). Among the thousands of islands in the country, only four of them- Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao are the sole shelter of this striking bird. In Mindanao, the majestic Mt. Apo is one of its very few nesting sites.

When compared to other eagles winging across the globe, this Great Philippine Eagle has been dubbed as the largest considering its broad wingspan that spreads up to 7 feet.

More than the prideful size, its sharp blue-grey eyes, gigantic arched beak and powerful talons also exhibit its prowess as it hovers in the wild with an echoing high-pitched noise.

But as much as we take it with immense pride, the bid to conserve this fierce but critically endangered raptor remains a challenge. To date, records show that fewer than 400 rounds up their population.

The country’s conservationists, through the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), the DENR and other related agencies has been unceasingly putting forth efforts in a race to save this endemic raptor from the threat of extinction.

Several interventions such as local and international breeding programs has been employed. Recently, two eagles, Geothermica and Sambisig, were sent off to Wild Reserves Singapore for a 10-year loan. The sustainability plan includes returning the pair’s future offspring to the Philippines.

Human encroachment and destruction of its habitat are one of the major causes of the Philippine Eagle’s dwindling population which prompted the DENR to strictly impose the protection of these raptors through intensive forest conservation and prosecution of its poachers. To which, anyone who will intently harm, hunt or kill a Philippine Eagle will be held accountable under the provisions of RA 9147 or Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act.

The DENR constantly calls the participation of the public to please, do not be a threat to this iconic bird. Otherwise, the loss of these species will cause ripple effect to the entire ecosystem.

Learn more about the Mt. Apo Natural Park and the Philippine Eagle as they will be included during the Protected Area (PA) Talk this Monday, September 28, 2020. The said talk is organized by the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and will be hosted by no less than the Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda. DENR Davao

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