Philippine Eagle Foundation is an NGO dedicated to ensuring the survival of the Philippine Eagle. With only about 400 breeding pairs left due to the destruction of the Philippine tropical forest and hunting of the Philippine Eagle, this magnificent bird is now in danger of extinction. The foundation aims to restore the population of Philippine Eagle by rescuing injured eagles and restoring them to health.
In November 2021, Philippine Eagle Foundation became one of the recipients of an ASAP Species Rapid Action Fund grant, supported by Fondation Segré. As a result of ASAP's support, they were able to successfully release five-year-old Philippine Eagle, Rajah Cabungsuan. Rajah was rescued by the Philippine Eagle Foundation and after spending several months at the Philippine Eagle Center, he was deemed healthy and fit for release. Given his age, it is likely that he is part of a territorial pair and therefore it was essential to return him to his forest home as soon as possible to reunite with his mate. The Philippine Eagle Foundation has documented the release on their Facebook, and we invite you to witness the momentous event in the link below.
"We are grateful to have ASAP on board with us in our in-situ conservation efforts. The partnership is a much-needed boost to our crucial work in saving the Critically Endangered Philippine eagle. Through the ASAP Species Rapid Action Fund, we were able to bring another eagle back to its forest home." Andi Baldandao, Development Program Manager of the Philippine Eagle Foundation.
Since the release, a Forest Guard Programme, in partnership with local and Indigenous communities, have been tracking Rajah for post-release monitoring and have seen that he is hunting and eating well.
Photo credit: Philippine Eagle Foundation