Three of the Philippines’ endemic animals has been spotted in the buffer zone of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental. The DENR personnel conducted a 160-trapping day which began in December 2018 using the state of the art camera traps installed in the area.
At least three Philippine Warty Pigs (Sus philippensis) and two Philippine Deers (Cervus mariannus) were documented. According to the DENR Administrative Order No. 2004-15’s establishment of List of Terrestrial Threatened Species and their categories pursuant to RA 9147 or the Wildlife Act, these species are vulnerable as its population is already declining.
Three Philippine Macaques (Macaca fascicularis philippensis) were also captured. Unfortunately, they are in the list of Other Threatened Species which means that they are prone to extinction due to its small population.
“The presence and absence of these species indicate the status of our forest and other habitats. If we were able to spot them, it means that we still have a good forest condition and ecosystem dynamics”, said Clint Michael Cleofe, Ecosystems Mgt. Specialist 1, Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary/ PENRO Davao Oriental.
The DENR through the implementation of Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) in protected areas will continue to exert efforts for the conservation of our species.
Let’s do our share as well. Please do not hurt them nor destroy their natural habitat.