Green travelers and eco-tourists will find plenty of sites in the Philippines that are dedicated to the conservation of rare or endangered species. In this blog series we call Must-See Monday, we will feature each site. For a start, nothing compares to the Philippine Eagle.
The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is a giant forest raptor endemic to the Philippines. It is considered one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world’s rarest and certainly among its most critical endangered vertebrate species. The eagle is known to be geographically restricted to the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. (from the Training Manual on Research and Monitoring Techniques for Birds of Prey in the Philippines).
The Philippine Eagle Foundation, an NGO ” dedicated to saving the endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) and its rainforest habitat, runs the Philippine Eagle Center which is open to tourists and volunteers.
Tourists can view several eagles including a few who were bred and born in captivity as part of the conservation program. There are several lectures on the specie and its habitat, and such activities as falconry.
Based in Malagos, Davao City, the Philippine Eagle Center is one of several eco-tourism destinations that the region has to offer.