PH eagle 'Godod' released back into the wild

Published January 14, 2022, 2:26 PM

by Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR)-Zamboanga Peninsula released Philippine eagle “Godod” back into the wild last January 10 after it was rescued in December 2021.

In a release issued by the agency, the female raptor, recovered after being accidentally caught in a chicken trap, was named after Godod town in Zamboanga del Norte where it was rescued.

Philippine Eagle Godod as soon as he was released back into the wild. (Photo courtesy of DENR-Zamboanga Peninsula/Manila Bulletin)

Veterinarians and personnel from the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) came over to conduct physical and medical examination on the rescued raptor and recommended its release back into the wild when declared “fit and healthy.”

Ronald Gadot, assistant regional director of DENR-Zamboanga Peninsula said the eagles must be protected as “indicator species” of the “richness of the biodiversity.”

He said the mountainous area in Godod supports various wildlife from “monkeys, hornbills, snakes, flying lemurs, wild pigs, wild cats and a host of others which form a major part of its diet.”

He urged the communities to help in the preservation of the Philippines eagles, the national bird, as they are already declared critically endangered with an estimated population of 400 in the wild.

He said the existence of raptors is being threatened by several factors, including “hunting, illegal wildlife trade, and destruction of habitat.”

According to DENR-Zamboanga Peninsula, there are documented breeding sites of Philippine eagles in Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte, Pasonanca Natural Park in Zamboanga City and in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur.