When I started working as an Environmental Officer (EO), I have had no first-hand experience in wildlife conservation. I also did not have a formal background in Biology, so you can just imagine how excited and at the same time scared I was with the idea of taking care of a seabird.
If you find a struggling wild animal, would you take care of it? Would you feed and raise it like you would a pet dog?
A species formerly classified along with the pangolins of other South East Asian countries, the Philippine pangolin or balintong is now identified as a unique and distinct creature endemic to the Palawan faunal region.
The Palawan Santan is a wild flower endemic to Palawan. Unlike its close relatives, the Chinese Santan (Ixora coccinea) or the Indonesian Santan (Ixora javanica), which are bright red and commonly used as ornamental shrubs, the Palawan Santan has a distinct lighter peach tint.
In all my years of doing environment work, I never thought I would have the chance to take care of a baby Palawan Hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei).
The eastern reef egret (Egretta sacra) sometimes comes off as the bird that can't make up its mind. Not content with being one color, this bird comes in three shades - blue-gray, white, and a mottled somewhere-in-between.
If you spot a flock of black birds with blood-red eyes, don't freak out! They're just Asian glossy starlings (Aplonis panayensis) roosting together for the night.
You'll have no trouble identifying the stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) when you see it - its size, bright ocher and blue-green color, and prominent red beak makes it unmistakable.
Ever tried to identify the small, fast-flying birds flitting around the El Nido Resorts properties? If you caught a quick glimpse of a brown face then you're in luck - you just spotted a Pacific swallow!