Philippine Eagle Center (PEC)
The Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) is an 8.4-hectare area located at the foothills of Mt. Apo in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City and situated within the Malagos Watershed. The Philippine Eagle Center primarily operates as a conservation breeding facility for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) and other birds of prey.
There are currently 7 Philippine Eagles in exhibit for education while the rest are isolated for conservation breeding and research purposes.
Although this facility is dedicated to breeding and education, the Philippine Eagle Center has grown to be an important tourist destination in Davao City as well.
The Center does not only have Philippine Eagles to show but there are a number of other birds, mammals and reptiles as well, most of which are endemic to the country and some are considered rare.
Also present in the area is a vast assemblage of flora typical of a tropical rain forest. There are numerous trees and plants that thrive within the area, and others are known to be endemic. Aside from the exhibit animals, the center also boasts of a number of wild birds, which makes it a good birdwatching site.
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The Center is divided into different functional areas, such as:
- Conservation Breeding Area. This is where the breeding birds are found. This area is restricted to the public and only the conservation breeding personnel are allowed in its premises.
- Food Stock Area. This is where the food for the raptors and other animals are raised to ensure a disease-free stock such as rabbits, white mice, quails, and guinea pigs. These stocks are needed for the daily food requirements of every animal at the Center.
- Exhibit Area. This area is open to the general public, wherein exhibit animals are displayed. It is further divided into two parts:
- The close canopy (covered by trees) area is a natural forest adjacent to the Malagos Watershed. Here you will find large old trees and the first few cages that the Philippine Eagle Foundation ever built. Being a natural forest, this part of the Center is relatively rough compared to the rest.
- The plaza/exhibit part is an open canopy area with concrete pathways leading to every enclosure, kiosks and benches available for the guests.
- Lounge Area. At the start or at the end of their tour, guests can enjoy taking pictures at the photo wall or feeding the fishes in the pond. Guests can also unwind and take their refreshments at the canteen. Affordable snacks and drinks are available that will fill and quench our guests’ appetite after their adventure around the Center.
- Diola’s Forest. Named after one of the first captive Philippine Eagle and mother to Pag-asa and Pagkakaisa, this is the exhibit room where guests can learn more about the Philippine Eagle.
- Audio- visual room. Guests can view educational videos and documentaries that were filmed by dedicated videographers. These documentaries can touch and awaken the sense of responsibility that we hope will leave a lasting impression on our guests. Visitors with a large group can have a packaged guided- tour and film- viewing arranged for a full educational experience at the Center.
- Gift shop. Guests can buy Philippine Eagle souvenir items that they can take home to their family and friends. The income from the items sold is used to help fund the Foundation’s research, conservation, and education programs.
ADVENTURES AROUND THE CENTER:
Aside from seeing the Philippine Eagle at the Center, guests can avail of the following services:
Guided Tours. This gives a more effective educational experience for our guests. Guided tours are free of charge and are often conducted by our trained volunteers. Guests are encouraged to give their tips to the donation box.
Birdwatching. The PEC is also home to wild birds like the Silvery Kingfisher, the Philippine Hanging Parakeet, and the endemic Philippine Coucal. Prepare your binoculars before you head to the Center and get to know these amusing and colourful birds.
Wild trail. Let other people know that you have paid a visit to the Philippine Eagle and helped save its species. The Wild Trail lets you leave your mark by having your name engraved in the cemented paths of the Center for Php 500.00.
Tree of Hope. By donating Php 100. 00, you can support the growth of one seedling under the Arakan Forest Corridor Development Project.
Conservation Education activities such as Keeper Talk and Open Classroom Project.
This activity is offered at a specific time. The bird’s keeper or caretaker will talk about the bird’s biology, characteristics, interesting facts and life at the Center. This activity gives the visitors an opportunity to interact with the keeper and its ward. It also helps the visitors have a deeper understanding of the bird’s life cycle and environment.
OPEN CLASSROOM PROJECT
This is a fun way of knowing the eagles and learning about life science. With games and enjoyable activities, students will definitely take pleasure in learning. Modules and themes are specifically designed to suit the needs and interests of Pre-school, Kindergarten, Elementary and Highschool students.
Source: philippine eagle foundation