A breeding pair of Philippine Eagles is now safely secured in Singapore’s conservation bird park after being flown by Philippine Airlines on Tuesday.
The 15-year-old male Philippine Eagle named Geothermica and partner 17-year-old Sambisig are on loan to the Jurong Bird Park managed by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
The two critically endangered bird species were sent to Singapore as Ambassadors of Philippine Biodiversity, bearing Philippine passports issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The couple will stay in Singapore for two years as their passports expire on June 26, 2021.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Frank Cimatu signed on May 20 the Philippine Eagles Wildlife Loan Agreement with Singapore.
Secretary Cimatu and the Philippine Eagle Foundation said they hoped the pair of eagles will breed during their two-year stay in Singapore. The conservationist organizations hope to create a gene pool that would secure the future of the Eagles against health epidemics such as the avian flu.
Geothermica and Sambisig were bred through natural breeding and hatched in captivity at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore is reputed to be one of the world’s leading zoological institutions that support conservation efforts in Southeast Asia.
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