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Wildlife Getaways in the Philippines

The Philippines is certainly an envy of other countries because of
its rich natural resources. Comprising some 7,107 islands, the
archipelago has one of the world’s highest biodiversities. Various plant
and animal species that are endemic to the country have been attracting
wildlife experts and nature lovers to the Philippines.

Local environment department officials said the Philippines is home
to some 1,137 species of amphibians, birds, and mammals. However, around
half of them are now considered “threatened” due to man-made
perturbations. Forest denudation, illegal hunting, poaching, and
urbanization have been destroying wildlife habitat. This has been a
cause for concern of environment preservation groups over the past
years.

To raise awareness on environment protection, related government
agencies and public groups are organizing guided tours to showcase the
country’s wildlife.  Here is a guide to some of the wildlife parks and
nature centers in the Philippines.

Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the leading tourist attractions
in the island paradise of Palawan is the Calauit Game Preserve and
Wildlife Sanctuary. This 3,700-hectare sanctuary, which opened in 1976,
is home to various animal species such as giraffe, zebra, bushbuck,
gazelle, elands, deer, and other exotic local and African animals. There
are also more than 70 bird species living at the Calauit Wildlife
Sanctuary.

Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the island province of Bohol, the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary is also a must-go destination
for travelers looking to explore the Philippine wildlife. This
134-hectare shelter serves as a breeding and protection center for the
Philippine tarsier, one of the world’s smallest primates. Around 500
tarsiers are currently housed inside the sanctuary, where exotic birds
such a serpent eagles, parrots, grass owls can be found.

Albay Park and Wildlife

Aside from Mayon Volcano, Albay is also making a name on wildlife
conservation. Set in Legazpi, Albay Park and Wildlife hosts more than
400 animals such as mammals, birds, and reptiles. Visitors can get up
close and personal with a number of raptor species such as grass owl,
Philippine eagle owl, and Brahminy kite. The park also allows guests to
relax with its amenities such as a food court and picnic groves.

Zoobic Safari

Enjoy an ultimate safari adventure in the Philippines by visiting a
25-hectare amusement park in Subic, Zambales. Zoobic Safari offers a
number of attractions such as Tiger Safari, where some 400-pound tigers
are roaming around. Snakes from around the world, meanwhile, are
featured at the Serpentarium. Visitors can also set their feet on steel
walkway where over 200 crocodiles are resting below.

Exploring Philippine wildlife doesn’t end from the above-mentioned
parks and sanctuaries. You can also spend a day in Donsol, Sorsogon, for
some whale shark viewing, or visit Olango Island, which serves as a
stopover of more than 50,000 migrating birds. There many other wildlife
getaway destinations to choose from whether you are in Luzon, Visayas,
or Mindanao.

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