The country’s national bird, “The Philippine Eagle” is critically endangered, with only about 500 surviving in the wild. The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) has successfully hatched another one of the world’s rarest and more powerful birds.
The eaglet is the 26th to be hatched as part of the foundation’s breeding program, which began in 1992.
According to PEF curator Anna Mae Sumaya, the latest eaglet is the result of the breeding between MVP Eagle and Go Phoenix, a male and female bird. The little eagle is the pair’s first fertile egg and offspring since they became partners two years ago.
The eaglet was the fruit of long and often tedious work to save the Philippine eagle, listed by the International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as one of the country’s threatened birds due to loss of habitat.
Last December 7, the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) recorded another historic moment with the birth of the eaglet, representing the second generation of the endangered species bred at the center.
PEF Executive Director Dennis Salvador said that this hatching could rekindle the hope for the flourishing of the species and that it could bring a new generation that could add to the wild population.
The PEF said this hatching is “our gift to the Filipino people and the rest of the world this Christmas.”