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10 environmental trivia about the Philippines

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Tubbataha Reef (credit: www.whatsnewph.com)

There’s more to the Philippines than Boracay and dirty politics. Here are some environmental trivia to remind us of the beauty of our natural resources, and why appreciation alone is not enough to preserve them.

  • The Philippines is one of the world’s 18 “megadiversity” countries, harboring 70% of all life forms on the planet.

 

  • According to Haribon, we rank first in the world for the number of endangered endemic species of mammals and birds on an acre-for-acre basis.  Fifty-five of the 70 threatened bird species in the world are found only in our country.

 

  • Taal Volcano is the world’s smallest active volcano and Taal Lake is the only habitat of the world’s only freshwater sardine sardinella tawilis.

 

Visayan Spotted Deer (credit: www.wmsp.co.uk)

Visayan Spotted Deer (credit: www.wmsp.co.uk)

  • Out of the 584 Philippine wildlife, 72% are threatened with extinction like the Philippine Eagle, Tamaraws of Mindoro, Visayan Spotted Deer, Visayan Warty Pig, and Dinagat Cloud Rat.

 

  • The Philippine Eagle is one of the rarest eagles in the world and the Visayan Spotted Deer and Tamaraw are two of the rarest mammals in the world.

 

  • A tiny orange-colored rodent-like mammal not found anywhere else in the world was recently discovered in Mt. Banahaw.

 

  • The Tubbataha Reefs in Sulu Sea is the only marine natural park in the country and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to over 600 species of fish, 359 species of corals, 12 species of sharks, 12 species of dolphins and whales, and over 100 species of birds.

 

  • The world’s largest pearl was discovered by a Filipino diver in Palawan. Known as the “Pearl of Lao-Tzu,” the gem weighs 14 lbs. and measures 9.45 inches in diameter. It is believed to be 600 years old.

 

Rafflesia (credit: davaocitybybattad.blogspot.com)

Rafflesia (credit: davaocitybybattad.blogspot.com)

  • The world’s largest flower Rafflesia was also discovered at the Sibalom National park in Antique. Locally named Uruy, the flower measures 22 inches in diameter and has no stems and leaves.

 

  • Our coral reefs are among the richest in the world, with about 464 species of hard corals and more than 50 species of soft corals. But of the country’s 2.7 million hectares of coral reefs, less than 5% are in excellent condition today.

 

Here are some organizations you can contact if you’d like to take that one extra step for Philippine environment:

 

Sources: www.denr.gov.ph/ www.tubbatahareef.orgwww.animalinfo.org/ www.scienceray.com

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