Here is a list of critically endangered animals in the Philippines. According to the Conservation International, Philippine is one of the biologically richest countries in the world. Most of the Philippine islands are covered with rainforests but cutting down trees at the extreme level or disturbing the natural habitats of native species leave many species threatened or endangered. According to the 2010 survey, no more than seven percent of rainforests have been left. There is a list of animals that are classified as critically endangered species.
Endangered Animals in the Philippines
The Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) also referred to as monkey-eating eagle, is an eagle subspecies that belong to the family of Accipitridae and is native to Philippine. These eagle display white-colored plumage together with the shaggy crest, averaging 86 – 102 cm (2 ft 10 in to 3 ft 4 in) in length. The weight of these species measure around 4.7 – 8 kg (10 – 18 lb). As far as the eagle’s length is concerned, Philippine eagle is the largest, harpy eagle and the stellar’s sea eagle being the other contenders. They are also regarded as the rarest and the most powerful birds in the world. Philippine eagle is also the national bird of Philippine. One of the foremost causes of the population decline is habitat loss or deforestation.
Philippine Spotted Deer
Philippine spotted deer (Rusa alfredi) also known as Visayan spotted deer, is an endangered species of deer that inhabits all along the islands of Panay and Negros. These are nocturnal animals and are known to reside all throughout the islands of Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Masbate and Guimaras. According to a survey conducted by the IUCN in 1996, there were around 2,500 species in the world. Scientists aren’t sure about how many species are exactly left now. These deer primarily feeds on leaves, buds, and grasses.
Philippine Freshwater Crocodile | Endangered Animals in the Philippines
The Philippine freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis), also called Mindoro crocodile is a subspecies of crocodile that inhabits all throughout the Philippine. These crocodiles are considered to be critically endangered species due to unsustainable fishing. They have wide and thick bony plates. They can grow to a length of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet), and weighs around 15 kg (33 lb). The males are fairly larger than females.
Tamaraw | Endangered Animals in the Philippines
The tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) also known as Mindoro dwarf buffalo is a small mammal that belongs to the family of Bovidae. These animals are native to the Mindoro Island. They are found at a level of 2,000 meters above sea level. Tamaraw is critically endangered species as they were subject to extreme hunting, habitat loss, and logging. The population of these species are now limited to few grassy plains.
Philippine Tarsier | Endangered Animals in the Philippines
The Philippine tarsier (Carlito syrichta) also called Luzon is an endangered species that is endemic to the Philippines. These animals are found in the south-eastern region of archipelago. Philippine tarsier is also the inhabitant of the islands of Leyte, Boho, Samar, and Mindanao. Some of these species are known to reside in Siagao Island, Dinagat Island, and Maripipi Island. The length of the Philippine tarsier measures around 118 – 149 mm, with weigh measuring at 113 – 142 grams.