MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be sending a pair of Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) to Singapore in a move to save the species from extinction.
“We’ll do that to preserve the Philippine Eagle which is very near extinction already,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Wednesday (April 24) during DENR’s 2019 celebration of the annual Earth Day.
Cimatu said the loan agreement will protect the species from possible outbreak of disease in the future which could wipe out or significantly affect their population.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) included the Philippine Eagle in its endangered list of wildlife as there are some 180 to 500 mature eagles remaining in the country.
The Philippine Eagle’s decreasing population, according to the IUCN, is attributed to habitat destruction, diseases, hunting and climate change.
Considered the largest eagle species in the world, the Philippine Eagle as a top predator is responsible for regulating population of smaller animals
such rodents, bats, and snakes that may pose danger to humans and crops .
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) already warned about the Philippine Eagle’s decreasing population.
DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones said Singapore has wildlife experts who can look after the eagles.
The loaning of the Philippine Eagle is in line with the 2019 Earth Day theme “Protect our species”. — Marje Pelayo
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