Rare deer born in Bacolod

A Visayan spotted deer fawn was born recently at the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation's Biodiversity Conservation Center (NFEFI-BCC) in Bacolod City.

The sex of the fawn is not yet determined. It's the fourth offspring from breeding pair Girom and Sandy. There are currently 14 deer at the center.

"The Visayan spotted deer is the largest endemic species of the West Visayas Faunal Region," said Dr. Joanne Justo, the center's curator.


Mother Sandy and Fawn

Will the Philippines become a hornbill graveyard?


Dr. William Oliver

British conservationist Dr. William Oliver, director of Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc (PBCFI), believes another species of Philippine hornbill will become extinct within the next five years.

Oliver, a frequent visitor to Bacolod as the PBCFI is a partner of the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI), made the prediction at last week’s International Hornbill Conference in Makati.

“It’s inevitable and it’s depressing,” he said “But, with sufficient effort the future can be secured if enough priority is given to these magnificent birds. Having said that I don’t hold out a lot of hope for a large percentage of that species.”

Hornbill gab slated for April 24-26


6th International Hornbill Conference

Dr. Joanne Justo, curator of the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation’s (NFEFI) Biodiversity Conservation Center (BCC) in Bacolod City, will join other experts at the 6th International Hornbill Conference at the Ayala Museum and Asian Institute of Management, Makati City on April 24-26.

Organized by the Wild Bird Cub of the Philippines, Hornbill Research Foundation and Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, this is the first time the conference will be held in the Philippines.

While the conference topic may appear to be somewhat esoteric to some, Dr. Justo emphasized that these beautiful birds play a serious role in our ecology as they are important seed dispersers and more needs to be done to protect them.

“A number of species of hornbill are threatened with extinction including the two species that are found in Negros Island,” said Dr. Justo.

World first for NFEFI

In another world first, the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI) has successfully bred two Visayan leopard cat kittens at its Biodiversity Conservation Center (BCC) in Bacolod City.

This is the first time this subspecies has been bred in captivity anywhere in the world .

The breeding pair were rescued early last year from La Carlota City - the female from the farm of former NFEFI president Gerry Ledesma and the male from a nearby farm. Both parents are around 20 months old. The kittens were born earlier this month.


An adult Visayan leopard cat

Negros Interior Biodiversity Expedition Ends

The 2012 Negros Interior Biodiversity Expedition (NIBE) to the interior of the North Negros Natural Park (NNNP) ended on Tuesday.


NIBE leader James Sawyer (left) with two members of the team James Benares, mountain leader and Dr. Neil D'Cruze, research leader.

The expedition team, comprising scientists, biologists, mountaineers, teachers and logistics experts from the UK and the Philippines, set off on March 24 to the park's interior on a mission to undertake a comprehensive survey of the rare and unique mammals inhabiting the area.

In Search of the Negros Bleeding Heart Pigeon

Visayan Bleeding Heart Pigeon Nigel Simpson, Curator of Birds at the UK's Bristol Zoo, was in Negros this week to discuss ongoing projects with local partner-environmental organizations including the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI) and the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (PBCFI).

The main focus of his visit was the Negros Bleeding Heart Pigeon, one of the most critically-endangered birds in the Philippines and number one in Bristol Zoo's top 10 'at risk' species.


ABS-CBN's Marty Go, Bristol Zoo's Nigel Simpson, NFEFI's Curator Dr. Joanne Justo, NFEFI Trustee Robert Harland

Negros Forests Celebrates 25 Years

In the mid 1980s a group of Negrenses concerned about the vanishing forests of Negros decided to do something about it before it was too late and before there wasn't a single hectare of natural forest left.

Some 25 years later that small movement has grown into one of the most active and important environmental organizations in the country.

Recently, and fittingly at Nature's Village in Talisay, the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation, Inc (NFEFI) marked it's 25th anniversary with the financial support of sponsor CEMEX.

NFEFI Marks 25 Years of Environmental Work

But more funding is needed

Visayan Bleeding Heart Pigeon
Visayan Bleeding Heart Pigeon, one of the most critically endangered animals in Negros

The Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI), which has worked tirelessly for 25 years to protect and conserve the environment and wildlife of Negros, is calling for more funds to continue its vital work.

"It's an uphill battle", said NFEFI president Paul Lizares. "Despite new laws and the work of our group, the environment is still getting a raw deal from many inhabitants with continued illegal logging, poaching, selling of endangered species and many other 'crimes' against nature.

"We are in danger of running out of time. If future generations are to enjoy their birthright of a beautiful environment we must all pull together and act before it's too late".

NFEFI projects are mainly managed by volunteers. Over the years these volunteers have worked to reforest hundreds of hectares especially in the all-important Upper Calimban-Imbang watershed, which provides clean drinking water to Bacolod.

NFEFI has also established one of the country's leading conservation breeding centers. Housed by the Provincial Lagoon in Bacolod City, the center is home to some 120 endangered animals and birds.

Major Mangrove Project Launched in Sipalay

Sipalay City, in partnership with the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI), has launched an ambitious four-year project to plant 20 hectares of mangrove forest along the city’s northern coastline.



Signing the MOA on Friday to launch the mangrove project in Sipalay. (l-r) NFEFI president Paul Lizares, EDC's Roberto Cama, Sipalay City Mayor Oscar Montilla Jr, DENR's Chief Regional Executive Director Julian Amador

The reforestation project aims to reverse the degradation and loss of mangrove forests in the area.

Some Threatened Animals and Plants in Negros

Negros Bleeding-heart Pigeon

Negros Bleeding-heart Pigeon

Scientific name: Gallicolumba keayi

Local name:Baditan

Ecological Role: Fruigivore, seed dispersal

Conservation status: Critically endangered

 

 

Visayan Writhed Hornbill

Visayan Writhed Hornbill

Scientific name: Aceros Waldeni

Local name: Kalaw

Ecological Role:

Fruigivore, insectivore, seed dispersal-agent, help control insect

Conservation status: Critically endangered

 

Golden-crowned Flying Fox

Golden-crowned Flying Fox

Scientific name:Acerodon jubatus

Ecological Role:Fruigivore, seed dispersal

Conservation status: Endangered. Their number are rapidly declining due to the loss of their forest and cave habitats where they are severely hunted for food.

 

 

Negros Bared-backed Fruit Bat

Negros Bared-backed Fruit Bat

 

Scientific name:Dobsonia chapmani

Ecological Role: Fruigivore, seed dispersal-pollinator

Conservation status: Critically endangered. They are recorded to be extinct in 1970’s due to destruction of forest habitats, disturbance on their cave habitats by guano miners, and hunting.

 

Visayan Tarictic Hornbill

Visayan Tarictic Hornbill

Scientific name:Penelopidas Panini

Local name: Tularik

Ecological Role: Fruigivore, insectivore, seed dispersal-agent, help control insects

Conservation status: Endangered.

 

Visayan Spotted Dear

Visayan Spotted Dear

Scientific name:Rusa alfredi

Local name: Usa

Ecological Role: Herbivore/Fruigivore, seed dispersal-agent

Conservation status: Critically endangered.

Palm Civet

Palm Civet

Scientific name: Paradoxurus hermaphrodites

Local name: “Milo”, “Musang” or “Alamid”

Ecological Role: They eat fruits, small birds and insects, spread the fruit of the trees like coffee and others.

Conservation status:

 

Malay Civet

Malay Civet

Scientific name: Viverra tangalunga

Local name: “Singgarong” or “Alamid”

Ecological Role: They eat fruits, small birds and insects, spread the seed of trees like coffee and others.

Conservation status:

 

 

 

 

Some Threatened Plants in Negros

Dao

Scientific name:

Dracontomelon dao

 

Description:

A large tree reaching a height of 40 meters and a diameter of 10 centimeters. The bark is grayish, smooth and flaky

Ecological Role:

Habitat stabilization and good water reservoir.

Economic Uses:

Fruits and young leaves are edible, wood is used for sliced veneers, furniture, cabinets, tables and other uses.

Conservation status:

Endangered. Depleted due to logging, kaingin and conversion of forests in other uses. Very few mother trees found in the forest of Negros.

 

Tangili

Scientific name:

Agathis Philipinenses

 

Description:

A large tree up to 50 meters high and a diameter of 200 centimeters. The bark is light red.

Ecological Role:

Habitat stabilization and good water reservoir.

Economic Uses:

Wood is used for cabinet-making, plywood and construction materials.

Conservation status:

Endangered. Depleted due to logging, kaingin making.uses. Very few mother trees found in the forest of Negros.

 

Red Lauan

Scientific name:

Shorea negrosensis

 

Description:

A tall tree up to 50 meters high and 2 meters in diameter. The bark is thick, dark brown with reddish tinge. A dipterocarp species that once dominated in Negros Island.

Ecological Role:

Habitat stabilization and good water reservoir.

Economic Uses:

Wood is commonly used for furniture and cabinet works, veneer, hardboard, plywood, boat planking and construction materials.

Conservation status:

Endangered. Depleted due to logging, kaingin making.uses. Very few mother trees found in the forest of Negros.

 

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