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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Pulumbarit

Help support caretakers of endangered Philippine eagles

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

June 4 to 10 is Philippine Eagle Week.

The Philippine Eagle is one of the largest, rarest, and most powerful birds in the world.

According to the website of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), the bird can only be found in four islands: Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the Philippine Eagle as "critically endangered" because only 400 pairs remain in the wild.

Philippine Eagles are majestic creatures with a seven-feet wingspan, one of the broadest in the world; blue grey eyes that are eight times sharper than human eyes; height of three feet, and sharp and powerful talons or claws that can cut through their prey.

The PEF's Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City is an 8.4-hectare sanctuary for 31 Philippine eagles and 81 other animals that are endemic to the Philippines and considered rare.

On its website, the PEF said the Avian Flu outbreak and the COVID- 19 pandemic forced the closure of the sanctuary.

​The foundation said they need donations to meet the needs of the animals in their care.

"Through your donations to this campaign, you can help the PEF provide the animals not only with proper care, but with the necessary measures to ensure also their safety during this difficult time," the PEF said.

"In this crisis, our Animal Keepers are our frontliners in conservation. They carry on with their daily tasks of taking care of our national bird and other animals at the PEC," it added.

Please visit the website of the Philippine Eagle Foundation if you wish to donate or volunteer.

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