A pair of male and female Philippine eagles named “Geothermica” and “Sambisig” will be transported to Singapore on June 4 for the conservation of the critically endangered species.
A memorandum of agreement was signed between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Wildlife Reserves Singapore over the loan of a pair of Philippine eagle.
The signing of the 10-year renewable agreement highlights the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Philippines-Singapore Friendship Day.
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said Geothermica and Sambisig will play a crucial role as ambassadors for Philippine biodiversity once they are brought to Jurong Bird Park on June 4. The Park is being operated by WRS.
“Sending Geothermica and Sambisig to Singapore acts as a biosecurity measure to ensure the survival of the species and as a fallback population in the event of catastrophic events like disease outbreaks or extreme natural calamities taking place in their Philippine habitats,” Cimatu said.
DENR will loan captive-bred Geothermica and Sambisig, aged 15- and 17-years-old from the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City for conservation breeding and public education to promote global support for its conservation.
The pair of eagles will be placed in a realistic setting at the 20.2-hectare Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird park that is home to close to 3,500 birds across 400 species, of which 20 percent is threatened. (Ellalyn V. Ruiz)
In the Philippines, wild population of the species remains uncertain with an estimated number of less than 400 pairs, mainly due to hunting and forest habitat loss.
DENR considers the Philippine eagle as among its priority threatened species for conservation. (Ellalyn Ruiz)