Appropriately set in the tropical rainforest area of the Malagos watershed reservation in the Baguio District of Davao City, the Philippine Eagle Center (official web page, Facebook page) is the main site dedicated to the conservation of the country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) also known as haribon which means “bird-king”.
The Philippine Eagle Center is operated by the Philippine Eagle Foundation and both were established in 1987 in order to help preserve the species. The foundation successfully bred its first 2 chicks, Pag-asa and Pagkakaisa, in 1992 through artificial insemination. It would however take 7 more years before the first chick, Pangarap, that was bred naturally was hatched in 1999. A naturally conceived chick had been born earlier in 1995 but died hours later due to congenital defects. Today, the Center houses 36 Philippine Eagles, 18 of which have been bred there. Overall, the Foundation has successfully bred 21 individuals over the past 2 decades, including a chick born in 2013 from Pag-asa and Kalinawan, a female captive eagle. This chick is the first of the second generation of Philippine Eagles born in captivity.
Aside from Philippine Eagles, the Center also houses various other birds, mammals, and reptiles some of which are also endangered. The Center was opened to tourists in order to educate people about the Philippine Eagle and its conservation program and to help gain publicity to raise funds to help support their program. The Philippine Eagle Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is an entrance fee of 50 pesos for adults and 30 pesos for children and youth.
If you want to help the Philippine Eagle Foundation, please visit this page on their website where you can opt to “adopt” an eagle for 100,000 pesos which will support one eagle for one year. Instead of donating money, you can also help by donating your time and volunteering in their activities and by doing field work.