|"BIRDS OF PREY KINGDOM” LAUNCHED|
|Friday, 01 February 2013 11:36|
The Manila Ocean Park (MOP) recently added a new attraction and conservation emblem to its ever growing collection of animals at the Park. Last January 15, 2013, this one-stop educational facility that showcases animals mimicking their natural habitats formally launched the “Birds of Prey Kingdom” that featured 46 Brahminy kites (Haliastus indus) on loan from the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB)-DENR. The launch was a ribbon cutting ceremony led by PAWB Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim, officials from the City Government of Manila and Department of Tourism, and beauty titlist tuned celebrity, Ms. Venus Raj.
The PAWB and MOP entered into a joint collaboration on the use of the kites to educate the citizenry of the importance of conserving wildlife and as conservation ambassadors for other wildlife species in captivity. The collaboration is a milestone in itself by featuring these birds that are often persecuted and maligned. This new project is also a welcome development to further promote PAWB’s advocacy in caring for wildlife as a vital component of our fragile ecosystem. (Photo courtesy of Emie T. Ramoso)