`Wildlife is Here’ celebrates Davao Region’s unique fauna

DAVAO Region’s wildlife species come to life in an interactive photo exhibition presented by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in SM Lanang Premier.

(L-R) Mr. Jayson Ibañez, Philippine Eagle Foundation Research and Conservation Director; Ms. Marigelaine Arguillas, Protected Areas Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section chief of DENR XI; and Engr. Jonathan Nick Santos, SM Lanang Premier mall manager

(L-R) Mr. Jayson Ibañez, Philippine Eagle Foundation Research and Conservation Director; Ms. Marigelaine Arguillas, Protected Areas Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section chief of DENR XI; and Engr. Jonathan Nick Santos, SM Lanang Premier mall manager

Wildlife is Here, which runs from March 8 to 11, is mounted in the mall’s cinema hallway (second floor) in line with the UN World Wildlife Day observances this month.

This collaboration is a is a contribution to the global observance that aims to raise social awareness and conservation values for wild plants and animals.

The PEF supports the global effort and campaigns for the protection of Philippine wildlife—especially in the Davao Region—that face extinction threats. These include the Philippine Eagle and other animals highlighted by the exhibit. These animals live in the forest and in urban havens.

PEF Executive Director Dennis Salvador reiterates that the Davao Region’s wildlife species are what the Philippine Eagle represents. “When we protect the eagles, we protect the health of our ecology that includes the different wildlife species that thrive in our forests and contribute to keeping it healthy. And a healthy forest benefits every Filipino.”

Pit Viper

Charismatic wildlife is found not only in the high lands—some live in small native forests in the city, too! Endemic fruit doves, diminutive parrots, and colorful sunbirds and flower peckers seek shelter, feed and even breed in these patches of nature. Indeed, wildlife is literally in the midst of public places.

“The future of our wildlife is also humanity’s future,” said Marigelaine Arguillas, chief of the Protected Areas Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section of DENR XI.

Sailfin Lizard

“Together with the PEF and DENR, we create this learning space that adds more meaning to our magical mall experiences. This exhibition highlights wildlife that that deserves much appreciation in photo and in real life,” said Engr. Jonathan Nick Santos, SM Lanang Premier mall manager.

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