Last summer, I went on a trip to Mindanao with my friends. Before we headed back to the airport, we made sure to visit the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Malagos, Davao City to find these majestic birds.

Philippine Eagle Center

The Philippine Eagle Center is located at the foot of Mt. Apo in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City. It’s a sprawling 8.4-hectare that serves as a breeding facility for rescued Philippine Eagles and other birds of prey.

The Philippine Eagle is a large bird of prey that is endemic in the Philippine islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. In captivity, they can live up to 40 years, but they probably won’t last as long in the wild. One of the greatest threats to the Philippine Eagle is deforestation, which makes it harder for them to find food for their offspring and a safe habitat where they could reproduce.

Aside from the eagles, I also learned a little about the rich biodiversity of the island of Mindanao.

If ever you find yourself in beautiful Davao, I recommend that you start your tour with the Philippine Eagle Center. Considering the heavy traffic, it can be an hour-long drive from the airport, but it’s worth braving the traffic for. I suggest that you visit on a weekday, if possible.

Before we left, we bought gifts and pasalubong from their quaint souvenir shop.

Since it might take us some time before domestic travel can be allowed again, why not try to send your love to these beautiful creatures from wherever you are in the country?

Consider making a donation to the Philippine Eagle Center. (You can also learn more about them through the link.) Thank you!