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Conservation and research

     Work of the PESCP related to conservation and rehabilitation of biodiversity.  See also information about species
     Some information about projects:
          Rehabilitation and release
          The BIOPAT Mabitang Project: field study of a probably endemic and highly endangered large monitor lizard.

See also separate project pages:
          Hornbill conservation by the PESCP
          First canopy observation platform in the Philippines

The forests of Panay play an important role as watersheds, in protection against erosion and landslides, and they are home of rare, endemic and ecologically important species. Work of the PESCP includes conservation of the last significant stands of primary, low elevation rainforest remaining in the entire biogeographic region of the West Visayas, a seed bank for reforestation of areas already destroyed and an area with a range of highly endangered, endemic species of reptiles, birds and mammals that makes it one of the highest conservation priorities in the world in terms of the number of endangered animals per unit area, and the degree of threat these species confront.

Work of the PESCP related to conservation and rehabilitation of biodiversity

PESCP operates under the aegis of a Memorandum of Agreement with the DENR, and a Gratuitous Permit (GP),  enabling us to collect specimens for research in biodiversity and study the relationships of the components of biodiversity. We maintain a research station at 450 m elevation in primary, old growth forest on the peninsula, presently staffed by 4 Filipinos (research assistants and caretakers of hornbills) and research students studying frugivorous birds and mammals.

Rehabilitation and release of wildlife
Our MOA authorizes the project to receive and maintain confiscated, donated, and rescued wildlife for rehabilitation and release back into their former habitats. We presently maintain 8 hornbills at two locations, as well as several raptors near our staff house at the coast by Bulanao, Libertad, and in Sto. Rosario, Pandan. 
A local DVM, Dr. Enrique Sanchez,  had been dispatched to Cologne, Germany for additional training in avian medicine. Likewise, Filipino staff were trained to tend and care for rehabilitated wildlife in three facilities namely in Mag-aba Wildlife Clinic, Pandan, Bulanao Rescue Facility in Brgy. Bulanao, Libertad, both  in Antique, and the Sibaliw Rehabilitation Facility in Brgy. Tag-osip, Buruanga, Aklan. After proper health checks, the birds are trained and conditioned for release. In the process, the animals are familiarized with their  natural diet to enable them to survive when released back to the wild.

The BIOPAT Mabitang Project. By M. Gaulke, G. Canoy & E. Curio
To learn more about the recently described Mabitang (Varanus mabitang), an endemic and highly endangered large monitor lizard from the forests of Panay, a field study is supported by BIOPAT (Biologische Patenschaften e.V., Eschborn). For the duration of at least two years, three different study areas will be regularly searched for this lizard and its tracks. This search is now being extended to still other areas of the CPMR in the GTZ/DENR driven program toward the proclamation of Pas, as defined by the occurrence of critically endangered species. Then data recorded will lead to a more profound knowledge of its population status and its biology, enabling PESCP to implement concrete conservation measures. At the same time, local awareness towards the uniqueness of this remarkable lizard will be increased with the help of posters and educational campaigns.
Literature concerning the Mabitang. See also general  publication list M. Gaulke

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Philippine Endemic Species Conservation Project   - Conservation Biology Unit, Ruhr-University Bochum
Last amendment: 13 December 2010