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Bubo philippensis - First Captive Breeding

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 12:00 am    Post subject: Bubo philippensis - First Captive Breeding Reply with quote

Editor's Note: Published on Page A18 of the December 15, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

BACOLOD CITY -- A first in Philippine wildlife conservation efforts has been achieved in Negros Occidental with the birth of “Bubo.”
The Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc. (NFEFI) yesterday announced that it has successfully bred in captivity a threatened and endangered Philippine Eagle Owl.
This is the first time that a Philippine-Eagle Owl, whose scientific name is Bubo philippensis, has been hatched in captivity, said Gerry Ledesma, NFEFI chair.
Nicknamed “Bubo,” the owlet is the offspring of Suplada and Hinahon. He was hatched on Nov. 21.
Ledesma said the owlet’s name was just temporary. He said a contest to name the owlet would be held in January among children visiting the NFEFI zoo along South Capitol Road, in the heart of Bacolod City.
Bubo’s sex is not determined yet until the owlet is fully feathered, he said.
The Philippine Eagle Owl, known as “kuwago” or “bukao,” is endemic to the Philippines and is in the critically endangered list, Ledesma said.
As part of its captive breeding program, NFEFI’s Biodiversity Conservation Center, acquired three female and three male Eagle Owls from the Avilon Zoological Park in Rizal through the Philippine Owls Conservation Program, NFEFI trustee Robert Harland said.
Only two pairs have successfully mated, and had several unfruitful attempts at breeding earlier this year, he said. It was only on Oct. 13 that an egg from Suplada was discovered, which she successfully incubated and hatched on Nov. 21, he said.
“The first week of the owlet’s life was crucial especially as this was the first time the parents have reared a chick,” said Dr. Leo Suarez, BCC curator.
“We are closely monitoring the owlet and we’re delighted to report it seems healthy and growing fast,” he said.
Little is known about the breeding biology of the Philippine Eagle Owl so Suarez said he and his team are collecting as much data as possible to have a better understanding of the species.
“We are thrilled with the arrival of the owlet. We congratulate Dr. Leo Suarez and his team on being the first to breed this threatened species in captivity. Their hard work and patience have paid off,” Ledesma said.
The Philippine Eagle Owl, the largest species of owl in the country, has a small, severely fragmented population that is undergoing a rapid decline as a result of extensive lowland deforestation, he said.
It has lengthened feathers above and behind the eye known as “horns” and “ear tufts.” Its conservation status is that of “vulnerable,” an internationally and nationally protected species whose trade is prohibited, Ledesma said.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow... Cool
i didn't encounter this article, though i'm from Philippines... hehe... maybe its bec. i'm not fond of reading news papers... by the way, how were you able to know this article? (just curious, hehe... coz' you're from italy; i can see below your avatar)

its amazing that they were able to bred bubo philippensis in captivity! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Fej,

A whole lot of stuff concerning Phils birds passes under my eyes. I am a member of the Records Committee of WBCP (Wild Bird Club of the Philippines), an NGO based in Metro Manila. Mostly a birdwatching club, but also lately getting into habitat conservation there in the Philippines. If interested, you can always join the Club. If interested contact Mike Lu, the present Club President through this site: http://www.birdwatch.ph/
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow... i'm really interested but i think i can't be active in that organization for now... i'm only 17 years old, still in my 1st year college (going second by next school year)... my schedule is so hectic especially bec. i'm an engineering student (math... math... and, did i mentioned math? haha, so stressful but i'm enjoying it... Very Happy )

but recently, i joined a volunteering group just this October here in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Do you know My Zoo volunteer group? by manila zoo and Ninoy Aquino Wildlife park? it's like a rescue group... i've just attended only 2 days, because i have my sat. community service in school(requirement) in conflict with the volunteering, but thank God i think i may be able to attend every sat. next term (or next year) coz' i don't have my sat. classes anymore Very Happy

by the way, you've mentioned that you're a member of the records committee of WBCP... so, does that mean that you're a Filipino? or really an italian? coz' you've mentioned wbcp is "Wild Bird Club of the Philippines"... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fej42 wrote:

by the way, you've mentioned that you're a member of the records committee of WBCP... so, does that mean that you're a Filipino? or really an italian? coz' you've mentioned wbcp is "Wild Bird Club of the Philippines"... Very Happy


Fej,
No, actually I am an American expat (from Los Angeles), but have lived and worked (exotic animal medicine) in Italy for decades. I collaborate, time permitting, with various NGO's in Indonesia, Philippines, etc., that are involved in bird and habitat conservation.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is absolutely fantastic news thank you for sharing it with us!!! and by the way i think Bubo is a fantastic name, no need to change it Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where in the Philippines do you live? My boyfriend's family immigrated here, but still have family outside of Manila (and Boracay, I think?). I spent a good amound of time in Baguio and Tagbilaran when I was in high school.

Just curious!
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