At the foot of the Philippines’ highest peak, Mt. Apo, is nestled an eight-hectare conservation facility with a mission to inform the people about the plight of the Philippine Eagle and to save the bird from extinction. The Philippine Eagle Conservation Center is also home to other animals that are similarly threatened.
A visit to Davao City should not be complete without dropping by the center. It’s one of the biggest tourist attractions in Davao owing to the importance of its mission and its impact on the need to take care of the environment. Here are six of the most important reasons why one should visit the Philippine Eagle Conservation Center:
- The Philippine Eagle is the focus of the facility’s existence. The center was established to save the country’s national bird from extinction. The Philippine Eagle, with its average height of one meter and a wing span of two meters, is the second-largest and the rarest in the world. There are fewer than a thousand adult Philippine Eagles in the country now. Of the 34 adult Philippine Eagles in the center, 18 have been bred in captivity. By visiting the center, a tourist learns about the program to save these mighty birds from extinction.
- The center is also home to other animals that are similarly threatened. It houses ten other bird species, four mammal species and two reptile species, including crocodiles. It is important for people to know that aside from the Philippine Eagle, other animal species are endangered or threatened.
- A visit to the center will teach tourists about the importance of caring for the environment, especially the need to restore the country’s forest cover. Two reasons cited for the decline in the population of the Philippine Eagle are over-development and dwindling forest. Awareness of the Philippine Eagle’s natural habitat is a first step in actively working for the conservation of the environment.
- The center educates visitors about the Philippines as one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world. The center offers lectures to students and other visitors about the thousands of plant and animal species that are not found anywhere else but in the Philippines. In fact, the discovery rates of new species in the country is among the world’s highest.
- As a conservation center for the country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle Conservation Center offers a unique experience to tourists, both local and foreign.
- The country’s tourism industry needs all the support it can get. By visiting the center, a tourist is contributing to the development of the country’s tourism industry. Tourism is one of the major contributors to the country’s economy. Thousands of people sourced their income from tourism-related activities. This includes conservation centers like the Philippine Eagle Conservation Center.
- The Philippine Eagle Center is close to other attractions which makes your hour-long trip worthwhile. Malagos Garden Resort is just 10 minute ride away.
Many people are not aware of the plight of the Philippine Eagle. Even more people are not aware of the need to care about the environment, especially the need to restore the country’s forest covers and protect its unique biodiversity. The Philippine Eagle Conservation Center does all these things.
How to get to Philippine Eagle Center:
Entrance Fees: Guests are charged a nominal fee to enter the facility. The proceeds are used to support in situ and ex situ conservation actions of the PEF.
Adults – P50 and Youth (18 years old and below) – P30
Tours and Reservations: Tour guiding at the Philippine Eagle Center is free of charge. It is advisable that visitors call the PEF office and book in advance to ensure the availability of tour guides during their visit.
School groups with at least 30 students will be given a 10% discount. However, the group must have to pre-book their visit and must pay in advance at the PEF Office (see Contact Page) to avail of this offer. Family groups of 10 are also provided with the same privilege.
The Philippine Eagle Center is open from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon daily, including holidays.