Young Palaweňos learn about Balintong:
Celebrating the World Pangolin Day. To call attention about
the conservation status of the Palawan or Philippine
Pangolin Manis culionensis, KFI had an exhibit,
information booth and video showing at the Puerto Princesa
Campus of the Western Philippines University (WPU). KFI and
WPU are long-term partners in the conservation of threatened
wildlife in Palawan.
Katala Foundation Inc. had
nominated the Palawan endemic freshwater turtle
Siebenrockiella leytensis, also known under the English
common names Palawan Forest Turtle, Philippine Forest Turtle
or Philippine Pond Turtle to join Wildscreen Arkive’s 2017
Love Species campaign.
Philippine Cockatoos or Katala as locally called were
released back in the wild in Dumaran Island, Palawan. Five
of these birds were rescued from starvation during the El
Nino 2016 breeding season on Dumaran Island itself and two
were from Puerto Princesa City.
individuals of the critically endangered Philippine Cockatoo
were sighted within Puerto Princesa City from August to
September 2016. The Katala as locally known were recorded
foraging in fruiting trees situated within the last stands
of coastal forests in the city proper. This is shortly after
this year’s breeding season of the species.
The Philippine freshwater
turtle fauna is one of the least known in Southeast Asia.
Six species of native freshwater turtles are recognized from
the country, four of which occur in Palawan. All native
species are IUCN red-listed and all are listed under
Appendix II of the Convention of International Trade of
Endangered Species (CITES).