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The Song of Our Vanishing Animals.

The Philippines is one of the 17 mega bio-diverse countries in the world, containing two-thirds of the Earth's biodiversity and 70 percent of the world's plants and animal species. Apparently, we, Filipinos might lose endemic animals that are now critically endangered.

The Philippine Eagle | Pithecophaga jefferyi

Endemic: Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao

Threats to Survival: Shooting, Trapping, and Deforestation

Facts:

Also known as a monkey - eating eagle.

It takes six to seven years for the young eagles to be sexually mature.

Breeding season is from July to February.

An estimated population of only 400 pairs remains in the wild

Tamaraw | Bubalus mindorensis

Endemic: Mindoro

Threats to Survival: Deforestation, Hunting

Facts:

Also known as Mindoro dwarf buffalo

Breeding season is from June to November.

An estimated population of only 413 individuals remains in the wild.

The Philippine Tarsier | Carlito syrichta

Endemic: Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao

Threats to Survival: Deforestation, Hunting

Facts:

Also known as mawumagin Cebuano

Theirs is among the slowest fetal growth rates of any mammal, taking six months to reach a birth weight of 23 grams.

They have one baby per year (two babies per year is possible but seldom).

An estimated population of 5,000 to 10,000 remains in the wild.

Mindoro Bleeding-Heart | Gallicolumba platenae

Endemic: solely found on the island of Mindoro

Threats to Survival: Deforestation, Hunting

Facts:

Also known as punalada in Mindoro

This bird is medium-sized and short-tailed with a distinct small, bright orange central patch to otherwise white underparts, hence the name Bleeding Heart.

An estimated population of 50 to 249remains in the wild.

Red Vented Cockatoo | Cacatua haematuropygia

Endemic: Palawan

Threats to Survival: Deforestation, Poaching

Facts:

Also known as Katala, Kalangay, Abukay, or Agay in Palawan

The Philippine cockatoo is a noisy bird that makes a sound that is almost deafening when several birds are calling simultaneously

Mating season is from March to July.

An estimated population of 430-750remains in the wild.

The Philippine Forest Turtle | Cacatua haematuropygia

Endemic: Leyte and Palawan

Threats to Survival: Poaching

Facts:

A fresh water endemic turtle

This turtle has ginkgo-shaped vertebral scutes and a pale white to yellow line across its head behind ears and nickname as "bowtie turtle."

The Philippine Mouse Deer | Tragulus nigricans

Endemic: Palawan

Threats to Survival: Deforestation, Hunting

Facts:

Also known as Balabac chevrotain or pilandok in Palawan

This mammal is nocturnal and generally timid when being watched

It takes five months for the young mouse deer to be sexually mature.

The Philippine Naked-Backed Fruit Bat | Dobsonia chapmani

Endemic: Cebu and Negros

Threats to Survival: Guano Mining, Poaching

Facts:

Largest cave-roosting bat in Philippines

The naked-backed fruit bat got its name on account of its wings attached to the midline of its back.

The Philippine naked-back fruit bats give birth in May or June and young are able to fly around August or September.

Visayan Warty Pig | Sus cebifrons

Endemic: Cebu

Threats to Survival: Deforestation, Hunting

Facts:

Also known as Baboy Ramo

Average number of piglets per litter in the wild is three or four

Piglets are usually born in January, February, or March.

Females reach sexual maturity at two or three years of age, although captive individuals have conceived at 12 months of age.

The Philippine Eagle-Owl | Bubo philippensis

Endemic: Catanduanes, Samar, Bohol, Mindanao, Luzon, Leyte

Threats to Survival: Deforestation, Hunting

Facts:

Also known as kuwago or bukao in Palawan

Endemic only to the Philippines, the Philippine Eagle-Owl (Bubo philippensis) is one of the largest species of owls in the world.

It is currently under vulnerable status, its numbers continually decreasing.

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Title Annotation:Leisure
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Mar 5, 2019
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