Rapid Action Fund

Organisation:Philippine Eagle Foundation 

Project focus: Maximising a Philippine Eagle’s chances for survival through release and monitoring in the Bislig KBA 

Location:Bislig Key Biodiversity Area, Surgao del Sur, Philippines 

Project date: November 2021 to August 2022  

Species: Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi 

Supported by: Fondation Segré

The challenge

The Philippine Eagle is endemic to the Philippines and is one of the largest birds of prey. Its small and highly threatened population has been at the brink of extinction for the past few decades. Habitat loss due to deforestation from timber extraction and shifting cultivation remain the primary long-term threat to the species. Hunting for food and as bycatch in mammal traps are also some of the recorded threats, while pesticide accumulation may be a potential threat.  

Poor recruitment to the breeding population was previously thought to be a key factor in this species’s decline but recent research suggests that the dispersal and survival of juveniles and subadults is of greater concern.  

The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) has rescued, tagged, and released 15 eagles since 2008, of which 6 were successful. They recently rescued a male Philippine Eagle, Rajah, which is believed to be over five years old and therefore likely to belong to a territorial pair. Therefore, it is important to release him back to the area he was rescued from as soon as possible and to implement activities that will maximise his chances of survival.  

The project

The project aims to successfully reintroduce and reunite the male eagle with his mate with the hope that they will produce several offspring. As the eagle’s reintroduction is time-sensitive, the project will:  

  • Identify a suitable release site within the Bislig Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) 
  • Attach a GPS/GSM transmitter to the eagle prior to release for monitoring 
  • Conduct patrols at the release site for 10 months for survival and behavioural monitoring 
  • Use the rehabilitation and release project to lobby for inclusion of the Bislig KBA in the wider protected area network 
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 Baldanado

Project reports

Final report

Photo credit: Philippine Eagle Foundation

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