PHILIPPINE EAGLE FOUNDATION
December 1, 2005
New Philippine Eagle chick stable
The first captive-bred Philippine Eagle produced for the 2005-06 breeding season is
stable, six days after it hatched at the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos, Baguio
District, Davao City.
The hatchling, a product of the natural pairing of eagles Tsai and Princess Maasim,
is the 19th Philippine Eagle bred in captivity by the Philippine Eagle Foundation
(PEF.) It hatched around noon of November 25 weighing 158.5 grams.
PEF Conservation Breeding staff headed by Deputy Director Domingo
Tadena were elatedthat the new chick needed no assistance getting out of its shell, but kept the chick
under intensive monitoring during the critical first few days of its life.
First born in new incubation and rearing facility
The eagle chick is the first to hatch in the Elias Lopez Facility for Incubation and
Rearing at the Center, inaugurated in June this year in preparation for the onset of
the breeding season in July. The facility was built to support the growing number
of Philippine Eagles that the PEF produces.
"Breeding and rearing techniques have greatly improved since Pag-asa was born 13
years ago, and we anticipate more eagles as we progress with our research," PEF
Executive Director Dennis Salvador said.
The new annex is designed to accommodate the expected increase in egg production
with the approaching sexual maturity of the first generation of captive-bred eagles
the PEF has produced. The rescue of eagles who are too injured or unfit for life in
the wild has also brought additional breeding stock to the Center. The Elias Lopez
Facility also features an intensive care area for the rearing of young eagles during
the crucial first month.
Conservation breeding of the extremely rare eagle species began as far back as the
1970s, when indiscriminate logging and rampant hunting rapidly depleted the eagle
population. Quick population-replacement solutions like captive breeding were most
needed, even as work for the long-term protection of the eagles and their habitat
were also implemented.
As with eagles born before it, the newborn chick will be made available for
and naming under the PEF's popular Adopt-an-Eagle program. The program started when the first captive-bred eagle Pag-asa was born in 1992 with as many as six
organizations offering to help in raising Pag-asa by shouldering expenses for his
food and care.
To date, PEF seeks assistance in the rearing of 17 of the 33 eagles in the
Philippine Eagle Center. For more information on adopting an eagle, the Philippine
Eagle Foundation may be reached through the following phone numbers: Manila: 02
8140418 (Tanya), Davao: 082 2243022, or through firstname.lastname@example.org
Philippine Eagle Foundation
VAL Learning Village, Ruby St.
Marfori Heights, Davao City 8000 Philippines
Tel +63 82 2243021
Fax +63 82 2243022