Boeing funds sanctuary to protect endangered Philippine eagles


Boeing has partnered with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) to establish the National Bird Breeding Sanctuary (NBBS), a new facility dedicated to the conservation of the critically endangered Philippine eagle.

The sanctuary, located in Davao City, will serve as a safe haven for breeding pairs of the majestic raptors, which are facing threats from habitat loss and deforestation.

Last year, Boeing Southeast Asia contributed $135,000 to support the development of the facility. The American aerospace giant was one of several companies that raised funds for the project.

The Philippine eagle, the country’s national bird, is found only in the Philippines. With a wingspan of up to 7 feet and a weight of up to 17.6 pounds, it is one of the largest eagles in the world.

However, due to habitat loss, poaching, and other threats, the species is listed as critically endangered, with only an estimated 400 pairs remaining in the wild.

The NBBS, a 24-hectare sanctuary, will provide a protected environment for the eagles. It will include breeding facilities, a buffer zone to protect against contaminants, and a forest area to provide a natural habitat for the birds.

The sanctuary aims to house 15 eagles, creating a safe haven for them to breed and prepare for eventual release back into the wild.

PEF successfully transferred the first batch of seven Philippine eagles on February 13, 2024.

Boeing’s grant helped fund the initial phase of the project, including the construction of holding cages for six breeding pairs of eagles.

“Our commitment to the Philippines goes beyond business; it’s about creating sustainable solutions and empowering local communities. Boeing’s grants represent the company’s commitment to environmental protection and stewardship at all levels, making a positive difference and addressing pressing challenges,” said Nell Breckenridge, interim president of Boeing Southeast Asia.

Boeing’s involvement in the Philippines extends beyond wildlife conservation. The company also focuses on public health, youth employment readiness initiatives, and working with people with disabilities in underserved communities.

Donate to the Philippine Eagle Foundation at philippineeaglefoundation.org/donate

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