Davao City is known by many people as the home to Mount Apo, Waling-waling and the Philippine Eagle, the country’s national bird. The third is one that symbolizes the plight of the endemic animals of the Philippines. Despite its beauty and ecological value as a bird of prey, it is endangered like many other animals endemic to the Philippines. One the forefront of the protection and conservation of this majestic animal is the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF). PEF is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization aimed at ensuring that the Philippine Eagle continues to survive and thrive in its natural habitat. They have a comprehensive program that has scientific, cultural and educational components.
The Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) is a park located some 45 minutes away from the heart of Davao City. The PEC is home to many Philippine Eagles saved from poachers, and many younger ones bred in captivity. The most popular of which is Pag-asa, the first Philippine Eagle successfully bred in captivity. Many other animals also call the PEC their home. Unlike other zoological parks, the animals are in large cages that mimic their natural habitats. This is done to increase the animal’s survival when they are eventually re-introduced to the wild.
The PEC is located in Malagos, Baguio District in Davao City. To know more about the foundation and the park, you may contact them at +6382-2243021, or through info[@]philippineeagle.org.
Photography by Andrew dela Serna.