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7 Endangered Species in the Philippines, and what you can do to help them survive.

Philippines is not just beautiful islands and mountains, but rich in natural resources and diverse wild life species.


But with wildlife diversity, there are also few that faces extinction, and here are some of them,


1. Philippine Eagle



The Philippine eagle, sometimes known as the monkey-eating eagle, is the country’s national bird and is one of many endemic species in the Philippines. It has a brown-and-white feather pattern and a bushy crest, and is thought to be one of the world’s largest and most powerful birds.


There are only a few of these eagles left in the world. For the past 56 years, their global population has been steadily falling.


Natural parks such as Mt. Apo and Mt. Katinglad have natural reserves and other protected areas. The captive breeding of these eagles is overseen by the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao, on the island of Mindanao.


2. Tamaraw



The tamaraw, sometimes known as the dwarf forest buffalo, is an animal found only in the Philippines, specifically on the island of Mindoro.


The tamaraws were also victims of illegal hunting and the animal flesh trade among Mindoro residents. These indigenous beasts were on the verge of extinction by the 1960s. In 1969, it was thought that less than 100 animals remained, placing the tamaraw on the IUCN’s critically endangered list.


5,000 hectares of Mount Iglit-Baco, in Mindoro, were turned into a National Park to provide a safe haven for tamaraws in order to encourage their conservation and protection. These unique beasts are free to roam and procreate in their native habitat. After successful conservation efforts, there are around 480 tamaraws in the wild today.


3. Philippine Crocodile


(Wikipedia)


The IUCN has classified the Philippine freshwater crocodile, or Mindoro crocodile, as critically endangered.


4. Walden’s Hornbill


(Philincon)


Walden’s Hornbill is native to the Philippine islands of Panay and Negros; there are also small flocks in Zamboanga del Norte, Mindanao.


5. Net Coral



The number of net corals is in decline.


This variety of coral has been targeted in the aquarium trade, as its appearance makes it a desirable addition to a tank.


In addition to being extracted and used in aquariums, net corals are also vulnerable to coral bleaching. Net corals are strongly reactive to the bleaching phenomenon, making them a species that is likely to go extinct soon.


6. Tarsier


(Britannica)


These primates are found on the islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol, and Mindanao, as well as a handful of smaller islands like Dinagat and Basilan.


7. Philippine Forest Turtle



The Philippines is home to five of seven sea turtle species in the world. All five of these species are threatened and listed as endangered.


If you are interested in preserving this endangered species, follow the link below:



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