Davao Oriental Representative Joel Mayo Almario is pushing the Philippine government to adopt the animals saved from the ongoing Australian bushfire and create a wildlife sanctuary in Mindanao designated for them. 

On Tuesday, Almario suggested that the government could put up another wildlife in Mindanao like the Calauit Safari Park, where the adopted animals may inhabit. 

Almost one billion animals have already been affected by the Australian bushfires, said the lawmaker. An estimated half a billion were killed, while the surviving ones have nowhere to go now as their natural habitats have been destroyed. 

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Based on a Reuters’ report, among the killed animals were domestic pets and livestock, and probably hundreds of thousands were injured and displaced. 

Thus, Almario suggested that a wildlife sanctuary similar to Calauit Safari Park could help preserve different species of animals. 

Wildlife sanctuary in Mindanao

Calauit Safari Park is located in Calauit Island in Busuanga, Palawan covering 3,400 hectares built in 1976. 

It has been a haven for several local endangered species like the Calamian deer, Palawan bearded pig, Philippine crocodile, Philippine porcupine, binturong, and the Philippine mouse-deer. 

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The Philippine porcupine | Image Source: Pinterest

Moreover, the park has been able to preserve a number of animal species—reticulated giraffe, Grévy’s zebra, elan, waterbuck, and bushbuck.

Almario noted that the Philippines may do what it has done for the individuals escaping from wars to these affected animals in Australia. By giving them a new home, the country would be able to prevent their species from becoming extinct, the Davao Rep. added. 

“By doing so, we save the animals in Australia which are dying right now from heat, starvation, dehydration, pollution, and loss of habitat, and at the same time, create an education center for Filipinos for the care of animals and nature.” 

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