The endangered Philippine eagles can now have their own home without being harassed or shot by hunters when the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has finished its study of declaring Dakeol Forest in Sarangani province as their habitat.
A young Philippine eagle about a 10-month or a year old was sighted in Sitio Angko, Barangay Batian, Maitum as part of Dakeol Forest.
Based on the assessment of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), the juvenile Philippine eagle was the offspring of an eagle they rescued and released to the wild in 2017 named Sarangani Pride.
Conservationists have monitored the movements of Sarangani Pride through a solar-powered tracking device.
The team of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) visited the forest sighted in the distance of another two Philippine eagles.
Edgar Calderon, team leader and park maintenance foreman of the DENR’s CENRO in Kiamba town, advised CENRO team that they should attach a similar device if ever they could find a young eagle for easy monitoring and aid in locating the rest of the eagle population in the forest.
The Philippine serpent eagles, whose population is decreasing, are also making Dakeol as their own home.
The Philippine eagle, weighing as much as 8 kilograms, is considered the top predator in the country’s tropical rainforest.
Approximately 400 pairs of Philippine eagles remain in the wild, putting the species on the “critically endangered” list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
PHOTO: Animal Scene Magazine