Zentraveler visits Philippine Eagle Center, near Davao.

Philippine Eagle Center

The Philippine eagle is regarded as one of the largest eagles in the world and has a wing-spread more than 8 feet. In fact The Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is one of the two largest eagles in the world. It ranks second to the Harpy eagle of Central and South America, but only in regards to weight (averaging 8.0 kgs. vs. 9.0 kgs) and smaller feet and legs. It is undoubtedly the tallest, and holds the world record for wing-span in any eagle . . . it can exceed eight feet.

Philippine Eagle

The Philippine Eagle Center is dedicated to the survival and conservation of the Philippine Eagle of which there are only 200 pairs in the wild left. The Philippine Eagle Center is a shining example of what dedicated people and their community can do to help save a species. A lot of the work comes from volunteers and is partially funded by corporations and private donations. The center can always use an extra hand by making donations or doing direct volunteer work.


Located just an hour from Davao you can rent a car, catch a taxi, or you can catch public transport, which will also deliver you to the centre. In Davao you can catch a shared air-con van to Calinan from the market just past City Hall which go every 10 minutes for P30. At Calinan catch a tricycle up to the Eagle Camp at Malagos for about P20.

Philippine Eagle Center

There are marked walkways and paths with info posted about the eagles, trees, and some exotic snakes lurking about near the headwaters of Davao water supply.There is basic dining available on site, with modern restrooms… plus a lot of vendor stalls outside the main gate. As you walk toward the center you can witness majestic mahogany trees. Most of the eagles are in cages which are sometimes not to easy to see. They have some different species of eagles out in the open on perches, which is a truly awesome site to see. There is also a mini zoo on site with various other animals and a group of monkeys living on an island who pray each night the Philippine Eagles don’t break out of their cages and they become the main course on the dinner menu.(since they have the nickname” Monkey Eating Eagles.”

Exotic Snake

This is a must visit for the entire family and can also be a valuable learning experience. That’s what is really cool about eco-adventure. You become part of nature… watching it unfold right in front of your eyes.

The entrance fee is P50 entry(about US$1) so while you are here… drop some pesos in the donation box and help save an endangered species.

QUOTE: “I am the eagle, I live in high country In rocky cathedrals that reach to the sky, I am the hawk and there’s blood on my feathers, But time is still turning they soon will be dry, And all those who see me and all who believe in me Share in the freedom I feel when I fly.”-John Denver

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:The Philippine Eagle was named the national bird of the Philippines in 1995 by President Fidel V. Ramos.

In 1992, the world’s first captive-bred Philippine eagle was hatched at the Philippine Eagle Research and Nature Center – located in the mountains outside of Davao city. The staff promptly named her “Pag-Asa” – meaning “Hope.”

The species was discovered in 1896 by the English explorer and naturalist John Whitehead, who observed the bird and whose servant, Juan, collected the first specimen a few weeks later. The skin of the bird was sent to William Robert Ogilvie-Grant in London in 1897, who initially showed it off in a local restaurant and described the species a few weeks later.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Philippine Eagles….they are majestic and need our support!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Become pro-active! Just don’t sit there while our forests and natural habitat become eroded. Reach in your pocket grasshopper or you may re-incarnate as a monkey….and that’s not good.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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