The Philippine Eagle Center
Davao is home to the now endangered Philippine Monkey-Eating Eagle or simply Philippine Eagle. It is considered as one of the largest breeds of bird in the world with a wingspan of two metres. To ensure their continuous existence within the Philippine Rainforest, The Philippine Eagle Center was built. The Center is home to 36 Philippine Eagles and other bird species like grass owl and white-bellied sea eagle.
The Philippine Eagles are housed in large aviaries so as for them to continue living in their natural rainforest habitat and for them not to feel imprisoned in cages. Here, they breed eagles and make sure their population will not soon diminish. People may think that it’s easy to breed eagles but the truth is it’s not. The Philippine Eagles only take one partner for life and only produces egg once every two years, thus they also use In Vitro Fertilization or IVF.
The Philippine Eagles also have unique names which are derived from Filipino words like Kaibigan meaning friend, Maginoo meaning gentlemanly and Dakila which means noble. The first Philippine Eagle bred in captivity is named Pag-Asa meaning hope.
Here, they breed eagles and make sure their population will not soon diminish. People may think that it’s easy to breed eagles but the truth is it’s not. The Philippine Eagles are monogamous thus they only take one partner for life. The female Philippine Eagles also only produces egg once every two years, thus they also use In Vitro Fertilization or IVF. The Center is surrounded with lush greens and in some areas tall bamboo trees thus making the visitors feel like they’re in a real rainforest area.
The Philippine Eagle Center is located at the foot of Mount Apo in a town called Malagos. It is placed a bit away from the hustle and bustle of the city so as to give the eagles a peaceful sanctuary. If you’re planning to go here, it is best to arrange a taxi the day before to drop you off at the Eagle Center and pick you up afterwards. As mentioned earlier, the place is around 30 minutes from the city itself and it’s very rare to see a taxi driving around the area. Before entering the Philippine Eagle Center premises, you must pass first the Davao Water District wherein you pay a 5php entrance fee for adults and 3php for kids. For the PEC entrance itself, a fee of 50php per adult and 30php for children must be paid.