DENR adopts protocol on loan of PH eagle to wildlife facilities, zoos
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has adopted a protocol on the loan of Philippine eagle for conservation breeding, scientific research and educational purposes.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the memo on the said protocol was issued in light of “increasing interests” from local and foreign wildlife facilities and zoological institutions to acquire live specimens of the raptor through a wildlife loan agreement.
He said the protocol serves as a national guide in applications for loan of Philippine eagle to be evaluated by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), in coordination with concerned DENR regional offices and the Philippine Eagle Working Group (PEWG).
“This protocol serves as a guide in the evaluation and approval of applications for securing loan agreements on Philippine eagles to ensure that the undertaking will make significant contributions in providing a viable program for addressing the threats to the species and its habitats,” Cimatu said.
The protocol provides that only the DENR Secretary could grant the loan of the Philippine eagle and that only captive-bred eagles and eagles of wild origin unfit for release as identified by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) shall be considered for loan.
Cimatu said that loaning the Philippine eagle to foreign wildlife facilities and zoological institutions would help generate awareness on the conservation needs of the national bird, which could function as an ambassador for Philippine biodiversity conservation.