PHILIPPINE EAGLE CENTER
The Philippine Eagle Center in Davao is the home of the Philippine Eagle Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the endangered Philippine Eagle and its rainforest habitat. It has been doing research, rehabilitation, and captive breeding since 1987. The center is home not only to the Philippine Eagle but also to different animals endemic to the Philippines, like the Philippine Warty Pig, Mindanao Lowland Scops Owl, Philippine Serpent Eagle, Brown Deer, and many more.
A journey to Davao is incomplete if you don’t visit the Philippine Eagle Center. After my Samal and Talicud Island adventure, I spent my remaining day in Davao City and aimed to visit the center. I am very fascinated by the Philippine Eagle, there is something about it that makes me proud and amazed. There is an urge within me that makes me want to see it in person.
BRAHMINY KITE & PHILIPPINE SERPENT EAGLE
The Philippine Eagle Center is huge and simulates a tropical rainforest environment. It consists of the Rainforest Walk, Raptor Garden, Raptor Road, Monkey Island, Talon Alley, Pag-asa Lane, the Flight Zone, and the Incubation and Rearing Laboratory. These areas house the endemic eagles, owls, pigs, deer, and monkeys of the Philippines. The first animals I saw were the Brahminy kite and the Philippine Serpent Eagle. Living in the city for more than 2 decades, never would I thought that these kinds of birds fly the skies of the Philippines. I imagined them flying freely and hunting for their food, National Geographic Style.
As I walked deeper into the center, big enclosures started to show, and then brown plumages appeared, and voila, the Philippine Eagle/Agila was right in front of me. I couldn’t resist taking a lot of photos of this majestic bird. Its long wingspan and mane-like crest are really a wonder. There is an area where a guide shows the Philippine Eagle outside of the enclosure. I was very ecstatic seeing the eagle that close.
That encounter was very memorable to me. It made me appreciate more of the natural treasures of our country. I hope that someday most Filipinos can see these magnificent creatures so that there will be an increase in awareness and actions to protect our natural environments for these living creatures.
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TRAVEL GUIDE & TIPS
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Ride a van at Bankerohan Market going to Calinan. (Travel Time: 1 Hour; Fare: ₱40.00)
- From Calinan, take a habal-habal and go to the Philippine Eagle Center. (Travel Time: 10 Minutes; Fare: ₱30.00)
- Before Entering PEC, the Davao City Water District will collect a minimal entrance fee of ₱5.
THINGS TO DO:
- Donate/Adopt – visitors can donate or adopt through cash. This will help with the upkeep of the animals including food, veterinary, enclosure maintenance, and keeper care.
- Shop – you can shop for stuffed toys, tote bags, pins, keychains, t-shirts, watches, etc.
- Picture Taking – take photos of the different animals protected by the center.
- Keeper Talk – a caretaker will give a short lecture about the eagle, the center, and their work.
- Falconry – a demonstration of smaller raptors in action.
- Entrance Fee (Adults): ₱150.00
- Entrance Fee (Youth – 18 years old and below): ₱100.00
- Davao City Water District Entrance Fee (Adult): ₱5.00
- Davao City Water District Entrance Fee (Kids): ₱3.00
- Tour Guide (Book in advance to secure one): Free
- A 10% discount is given to school groups with at least 30 students and to family groups of 10 provided that they pre-book their visit and pay in advance at the PEF Office.
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- Website: Philippine Eagle Foundation
- Contact Number (Mobile): +63 917 708 9084
- Contact Number (Landline): (082) 324-1860
- Operating Hours: Opens Daily including Holidays from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
- Book your visit in advance to secure a slot and a guide
- You can donate cash on their website for the upkeep of the animals which includes their food, enclosure maintenance, keeper care, and veterinary needs.
- You can request a falconry demonstration when you book in advance.