Makiling wildlife takes a breather

1/24/2021 3:05:00 AM

Mt. Makiling is a perfect example of nature healing itself fast, in just about a year since the pande­mic lockdown restricted leisure travel and kept human activity inside the forest reserve at

Hiking trails are now covered in overgrowth, elusive tarictic hornbills are easily spotted, and cobra sightings have become a commonplace, to name a few indicators of green recovery. | maricarcincoINQ

Mt. Makiling is a perfect example of nature healing itself fast, in just about a year since the pande­mic lockdown restricted leisure travel and kept human activity inside the forest reserve at

MCME is a unit of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) that oversees the 4,244-hectare forest reserve that spans the towns of Los Baños and Bay, and Calamba City in Laguna province and Sto. Tomas City in Batangas province.The ornamental plant craze that boomed also during the lockdown has driven collectors to sneak into the rainforest for alocasias, pothos and even forest vines that fetch good prices in urban areas.

Ex situ conservationADVERTISEMENT“Mt. Makiling contains diverse flora from a large number of endemic species, such as Rafflesia manillana, Medinilla magnifica and Nepenthes alata. It is also home to rare animal species, such as Philippine Eagle-owl (Bubo philippensis) and the Philippine pygmy fruit bat (Haplonycteris fisceri),” said ACB executive director Theresa Mundita Lim.

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