Eagle facility closed after avian outbreak

THE PHILIPPINE Eagle Foundation (PEF) will temporarily close its Malagos facility to protect the birds following the avian flu outbreak.

“The Philippine Eagle Foundation announces the temporary closure of the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) on August 15-16, 2017 due to the avian flu outbreak which poses a grave threat to the Philippine eagle population,” the PEF said in a statement released yesterday afternoon.

According to the team, the facility needs to set up “necessary emergency measures and ensure the safety of our Philippine eagle and other raptors in the facility.”

The closure is on the week that the city is celebrating the annual Kadayawan where tourists are expected to flock. The PEC is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city.

While a two-day closure was initially imposed, PEF said they may consider extending if there is a need.

“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

The PEF is a non-profit organization whose advocacy is  the protection and breeding of Philippine Eagles and other raptors.

It maintains the PEC, an 8.4-hectare area situated within the Malagos Watershed at the foothills of Mt. Apo in Malagos, Baguio District.

The PEC primarily operates as a conservation breeding facility for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) and other birds of prey, its official website said. There are seven Philippine Eagles in exhibit at the facility, while the rest are in isolation for research and conservation purposes.

Earlier this week, the Department of Health (DOH) warned the public against the dangers of the outbreak that could affect other areas through the transmission by the migratory birds.

The Province of Pampanga was recently declared under a state of calamity because of the Avian Flu.

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