The Matalang-talang Marine Sanctuary in Aroroy

Matalang-talang Marine Protected Area Aroroy Masbate Fishing Reserve Sanctuary Fish Aquatic Reef Rangers Snorkeling Scuba Diving Swimming Underwater Aquatic Wildlife Location Depth Size Coral Tour The Matalang-talang Marine Protected Area is located in Aroroy in Masbate Province. The Matalang-talang reserve is being cared for by a group of fishing enthusiasts who take turns patrolling and monitoring the well defined boundaries of the fish sanctuary. Trained as Reef Rangers these fisher folks facilitate snorkeling activities to visitors who wish to enjoy the wonders of the underwater environment. Continue reading

The Biliran Mini Zoo in Naval

Biliran Mini Zoo Caraycaray Naval Biliran Collection Animals Lion Bird Turtle Liger Tiger Location Hours Tourism Office Contact Size Hectare History Description Safety Zookeeper Cage Schedule Feeding The Biliran Mini Zoo is located in Caraycaray, Naval in Biliran Province. The Biliran Mini Zoo is a privately owned collection of animals open to the public and is free of charge. Among the mini-zoo’s residents: a juvenile lion, different kinds of birds, a 50-year-old snapping turtle, and a ‘liger,’ or the hybrid offspring of a male lion and a tigress. There are currently only 80 ligers in the world. To tour the zoo, contact the local tourism office in advance to make arrangements for your visit. Continue reading

The Baltak Fishery Reserve in Atimonan

Baltak Fishery Reserve Balubad Atimonan Quezon artificial reef marine sanctuary fishing cement structure history construction pyramid concrete structure size length wildlife aquatic species info The Baltak Fishery Reserve is located in Balubad, Atimonan in Quezon Province. The Baltak Fishery Reserve is an artificial reef based marine sanctuary, constructed and managed by a local fisherfolk organization and fully supported by the Local Government of Atimonan. The original cement structure was installed underwater in 2003. Currently, the reserve has seven concrete pyramid structures, the latest of which is a 17 foot high, eight 8 layered structure. The submerged concrete surfaces are now home to a number of coral species, sponges, algae, and bivalves. Scores of red snappers with size ranges from 1-5 kilograms dominate the area, while hundreds of jacks of differing sizes, graceful batfishes and marching pompano accompany divers visiting the area. Atimonan is a coastal municipality located Continue reading

Cattle Ranch in Balud

Cattle Ranch Balud Masbate Location Cow Farm Land Location Harvest Beef Bullfighting Season Farmer History Description Population Province Barangay Map Layout Hiking Trail Animals Grassland Tour Info The Balud Cattle Ranch is located in Balud in Masbate Province. The province in the Bicol Region may not yet be placed at the limelight as the primary vacation destination in the Philippines, but with its exceptional claim to visibility as the Cattle Capital of the Philippines, somehow, Masbate has received its own spot to fame. The Cattle Ranch in Balud is especially popular during summer for bullfighting enthusiasts. During this time, vacationers can experience local rodeos battle at the famous “Rodeo Masbateño” event. Continue reading

The Mount Makiling Forest Reserve in Laguna

Mount Makiling Forest Reserve Laguna Mountain Location Slopes Hill Volcano Elevation Summit Distance Kilometerhiking Trail Los Banos Bay Calamba Santo Tomas Batangas Province Barangay University Info The Mount Makiling Forest Reserve occupies the upper slopes of Mount Makiling, an inactive volcano located 60 km southeast of Manila. Mount Makiling Forest Reserve has an elevation of 1,090 meters and covers an area of 4,244 hectares, straddling parts of Los Baños and Bay towns and Calamba City in Laguna, and Sto. Tomas town in Batangas Province. The University of the Philippines Los Baños manages reserve for its scientific, educational & other values. Mount Makiling Forest Reserve is home to a large number of biological species, several of which are considered threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Of these, 62 species are endemic to the Philippines, with 14 restricted to the Greater Luzon Faunal region. Some of the species whose presence have been confirmed in the MMFR include Continue reading

The Botolan Wildlife Farm in Zambales

Botolan Wildlife Farm San Juan Botolan Zambales Animal Sanctuary Zoller Family Quarantine Station Size Meters Location Exhibit Collection Restaurant Barbecue Conservation Reserve Entrance Fee Info The Botolan Wildlife Farm is located in San Juan, Botolan, in Zambales Province. It is a family-run wildlife sanctuary, all funded and maintained by the Zoller family. It is also a national quarantine station for animals in the province of Zambales. The farm covers an area of 55,000.00 square meters and is home to a variety of exotic animals and plants from all over the world. The Botolan Wildlife Farm is a great place to discover and appreciate diverse and unusual creatures. Birds include: The Grey Cockatiel, Barhminy Kite, Eastern Grass Owl, Victoria Crowned Pigeons, Cattle Egret, Guinea Fowl, etc. Mammals include: Continue reading

The Philippine Crocodile

Philippine Crocodile Crocodylus mindorensis Saltwater porosus Freshwater Crocs Population Habitat Death Species Location Meat Size LengthThe Philippine crocodile is one of the twenty three species of crocodilians (Crocodiles, Alligators and Gharials) in the World. It is a medium-sized freshwater crocodilian. The Philippine crocodile is endemic to the Philippine islands, which means it is not found anywhere else in the World. Its closest relative is the New Guinea Crocodile (Crocodylus novaeguineae) of which it was long thought to be a sub-species. There are two species of crocodiles in the Philippines: in addition to the endemic Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) there is also the Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus). The Philippine crocodile is now very rare and its wild population is extremely limited both in distribution and population size. Probably the only localities with viable sub-populations are found in Ligawasan Marsh in Southwestern Mindanao, the foothills of the Northern Sierra Madre in Continue reading

Palawan Wildlife Rescue & Conservation Center

Crocodile Farm and Nature ParkFormerly and more popularly known as the Crocodile Farm and Nature Park, it serves now as the sanctuary of the Philippine Crocodile that is endemic to the country. The Philippine Crocodile is currently included in the endangered species list and the conservation center is making ways to increase the number of the species. Aside from crocodiles, the center takes care of other animals like ostriches and other endemic animals to the island of Palawan like the bearcat. Palawan Wildlife Rescue is located south of the Puerto Princesa City center about 30 minutes to the rural south of the city and is a few minutes from the Iwahig Penal Farm. At the entrance of the park, a signage of the Continue reading

Native Black Pig of the Cordilleras

Cordillera Native Black PigThe Cordillera Native Black pig is black in color and usually weighs an average of 85 kg. It has small ears and lean meat with a thin layer of fat. The pigs are raised in a semi-wild system. Instead of keeping it in pigpen, the native pig is free roam around within a fenced area. The pigs are fed twice a day with chopped camote and gabi leaves mixed with rice bran. The breed is said to be resistant to foot and mouth disease, or at least to suffer lesser effects than other breeds.  The Native Black pig is usually slaughtered during the caňao, a celebration in which animals are offered in thanksgiving, usually for success economically. Locals say that this breed is taster than commercially imported breeds. Meat from the pig is usually preserved in one of three Continue reading

Sinarapan

Mistichthys luzonensisSinarapan is scientifically known as Mistichthys luzonensis. There is no translation of this name in Filipino, though the word means “tasty” or “delicious.” This species is found only in Lakes Bato and Lake Buhi and other bodies of water in Camarines Sur province, part of the Philippines’ Bicol Region. It is believed to be the world’s smallest commercially harvested fish (though not the smallest fish known). The fish has an average length of 12.5 millimeters. Males are smaller than females. Sinarapan were first studied in 1859, but were mistakenly thought to be immature specimens of Gobius dispar. They received no further outside attention until United States Army scientists described them as a new species in 1902. Continue reading