The Philippine Eagle is not alone; there is help around.
PICS: Wikipedia and The Eagle Foundation
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While there are so many ills in the Filipino society, there are quite a few aspects which makes one proud. The nation demands a conservationist effort from its citizens and residents. Unfortunately, the people of the Philippines have been unequal to the task of preserving the bounties of nature.
We speak today of one of the most beautiful and majestic species of Eagles available on this planet. The Philippine Eagle is as awesome as its dimensions are large.
Boasting of a wingspan of up to 2 meters, its wingspan covers an area not matches by any other eagle. Furthermore, it stands taller than any other species of eagles, at one meter in height.
Moreover, in terms of length, it is also the largest eagle in the world. It also carries on its regal head a distinct crown very similar to the mane of a Lion. But, as is often the case in poor countries, this magnificent winged creature is nearing extinction.
Not only have the numbers dwindled, the Philippine Eagle’s habitat has shrunk considerably. The net result is that the king soaring over the Kagubatan is a rare sight these days.
In effect, this critically endangered haribon seeks human help particularly nearer to his current habitat.
There is also a Philippine Eagle Foundation dedicated to helping the Philippine Eagle survive. It believes that there is a close link to the Philippine eagle and the environment of the Philippines.
This is not an effort to support the foundation but, if it results in something good for the haribon, please I am not aware of their efforts to protect the Philippine Eagle but they do collect donations from people.
However, I have learnt that the Philippine Eagle might have received a fresh lease of life. Efforts to breed them in captivity resulted in hatching of more than 28 chicks.
Wikipedia describes it as a giant forest raptor endemic to the Philippines. This eagle exists in mountainous regions of over 1800 m (about 6000 ft). It is now available in the upper reaches of Mindanao, Luzon, Leyte and Samar.
Unless the efforts fructify, it may not be long before this Filipino vertebrate vanishes with all its finery.
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Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson
Wednesday, 22 February 2017