Seven Philippine Cockatoos freed in Dumaran Island

7 Philippine Cockatoos freed in Dumaran Island

Seven Philippine Cockatoos (Katala) have been freed in Dumaran Island on January 27.

Philippine Cockatoos

7 Philippine Cockatoos or Katala as domestically termed have been unveiled again in the wild in Dumaran Island, Palawan. 5 of these birds were rescued from hunger through the El Nino 2016 breeding year on Dumaran Island alone and two ended up from Puerto Princesa Metropolis. The release was witnessed by LGU officials, PCSDS and DENR representatives, PNP-Dumaran, media, and other associates of the interim management board of the freshly established Critical Habitat on Dumaran Island, Palawan.

Philippine Cockatoos - Katala

Dumaran Island

“What we do in Dumaran is supplementation of Philippine Cockatoos. We discovered that recruitment of the species is sluggish in Dumaran probably thanks to inbreeding or small reproductive talents of remnant population”, states Peter Widmann, Science Director of the Katala Foundation Inc. He even more additional that Dumaran is a quite particular and exceptional put regardless of the forests becoming so fragmented. The recently developed Crucial Habitat that encompasses the previous remaining forest patches in Dumaran Island is dwelling to both critically endangered Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia) and the Palawan Forest Turtle (Siebenrockiella leytensis). Not only that it is also home to equally threatened Palawan Pangolin and the Palawan Hornbill between other individuals. The world-wide population of the Katala is amongst 640-1,120 and 70-90% of this could be discovered in Palawan.

In accordance to Indira Lacerna-Widmann, Software Director of the Philippine Cockatoo Conservation System, the hatchlings were taken cared of at the Katala Institute in Narra, Palawan the place they acquired stable wellness after rescue. In the meantime, a pre-launch aviary was created on internet site for the birds’ flight practice and acclimatization prior to its eventual release. At the pre-release aviary for 6 months, birds had been practicing flight muscle groups, ended up introduced to nearby pure meals and had an anti-predator instruction. Every single hen was examined damaging of PBFD virus and intercourse had been determined right before its launch. Wildlife wardens took turns to monitor the birds within and exterior the aviary with emphasis of not imprinting on human beings.

Siebenrockiella leytensis


“The LGU has been grateful and supportive of its joint initiatives with the Katala Basis Inc. in bringing again the Katala to Dumaran but a lot more importantly in shielding and restoring the missing lowland forests therein”, claims Mr. Arnel Caabay, Administrative Officer of Dumaran. Mr. Caabay additional that the the latest adoption of the Municipal Council of the PCSD Resolution No. 14-513 declaring 1,628 hectares as Essential Habitat is their motivation to restore forest deal with in Dumaran not only for the wildlife in have to have but also to be certain its drinking water offer in the island which is now dwindling.

Katala Foundation

The Philippine Cockatoo Conservation Software (PCCP) aims to downlist the status of the species to endangered from critically endangered by means of conserving the most viable populations and its habitat. Many thanks to the prolonged-phrase commitments and economic support from the Loro Parque Fundacion (Spain), Chester Zoo (British isles), Zoologische Gesellschaft für Arten- und Populationsschutz (ZGAP, incl. Fonds für Bedrohte Papageien and Strunden-Papageien-Stiftung) (Germany) and Zoo Beauval (France).
For extra data, be sure to speak to Indira Widmann, Katala Foundation, P.O. Box 390, Puerto Princesa Metropolis, Palawan or at  and visit our homepage at


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