A Philippine breeding center trying to save the country’s critically endangered monkey-eating eagle has been so successful it is now scrambling for space, officials said Monday.
Another eaglet was hatched last week, the second in barely three months, helping the giant bird’s fight against extinction.
The chick, born from the natural mating of two birds at the Philippine Eagle Foundation, is the 27th born in captivity said its curator Anna Mae Sumaya.
“The center is at full capacity. We are full. If there are any new admissions, we will have to move the birds to smaller enclosures,” she said.
The new chick, hatched on February 4, is the 35th eagle at the center, joining 19 other captive-bred birds and 15 rescued from the wild, she said.
The seven other eagles born in captivity have either been released into the wild or died.
Sumaya described the new chick as “active and alert as it can already lift its head, sit and follow objects even at a day old.”
But the breeding center on the outskirts of Davao City covers just eight hectares, she said.
“If we could have a lot of space, we could pair off a lot more birds,” she said, stressing that breeding pairs needed more space.
The monkey-eating eagle, also known as the Philippine eagle, is found only in the rapidly vanishing tropical rain forests of the Philippines.
The meter-long raptor gets its name from its diet of macaque monkeys and other small animals that share its habitat in Mindanao.