Mount Hamiguitan Range

San Isidro, Davao Oriental

Mount Hamiguitan is a mountain located in San Isidro, Davao Oriental. It has a height of 1,620 metres. The mountain and its vicinity has one of the most diverse wildlife populations in the country. Among the wildlife found in the area are Philippine eagles and several species of Nepenthes. Some of the latter, such as the Nepenthes peltata, are endemic to the area.

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protected forest area of approximately 2,000 hectares. This woodland is noted for its unique pygmy forest of century old trees in ultramafic soil, with many endangered, endemic and rare species of flora and fauna.

The Mount Hamiguitan range, with an area of 6,834 hectares, was declared a national park and a wildlife sanctuary in 2003. In 2014, the park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mount Hamiguitan is located in the province of Davao Oriental in the southeastern part of the island of Mindanao, Philippines. It occupies the land area within the political boundaries of Mati, San Isidro and Governor Generoso.

Inventory of flora species in the mountain and its vicinity showed that its montane forest has the highest species richness of plants with 462 species, followed by its dipterocarp forest with 338 species, mossy forest with 246 species and agro-system with 246 species.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List has identified at least 11 endangered vertebrate species. The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources and Development reported that the mountain is inhabited by five endangered species, 27 rare species, 44 endemic species and 59 economically important species.

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary News

  • I Climbed Another Realm Mt Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary-UNESCO World Heritage

    I Climbed Another Realm Mt Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary-UNESCO World Heritage

    This is one of my impromptu adventures (again!), but this one is special and one of a kind. I have filed a vacation leave for a climbing stint that was cancelled a week before our schedule, so I desperately sought for a trekking trip to make the most of my vacation leave. Huge thanks to heavens, with the help of my friend Dak, we stumbled upon Adventureysta (Ramyer Taleon) group who have a scheduled trek to Mt Hamiguitan, and I practically beg to join them.

  • Bird Watching Is GovGens New Attraction

    Governor Generoso, the new beehive of tourism activities of this province, eyes bird watching activity as a new tourist attraction in town.

    In the months of September and October, different species of birds from Russia, China, Japan, and Korea flock to the world-famous Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, when food becomes scarce in these countries because of the autumn and winter season.

    While some of them fly in Indonesia, these birds generally called raptors spend seven months here in the Philippines said Alex Tiongco of the Raptorwatch Network Philippines. These raptors travel ...

  • Mount Hamiguitan Trekking To The Worlds Largest Pygmy Forest

    Mount Hamiguitan Trekking To The Worlds Largest Pygmy Forest

    The mountain wasn?t revealing its beauty too easily. We had to earn it. A sudden downpour bombarded our initial ascent from the trailhead, which in itself was an arduous undertaking: we had to crisscross a shallow stream, battle thorny foliage and clamber up steep slopes for hours to reach the first lantawan (lookout). By the time we got there, we were soaked to the bone in rain and sweat.

  • DENR Works With Davao City For Integrated Area Development

    THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Davao Region forged collaboration with the Davao City Government to implement their Sustainable Integrated Area Development Management, which will pilot in Marilog District.

    In a press statement posted Wednesday on their Facebook page, it said DENR-Davao director Ruth Tawantawan met with Davao City Environment and Natural Resources Office head Lisa Madrazo, and they have agreed to coordinate for the project, which seeks to improve the general well-being of the people while sustaining the integrity of the ecosystem.

    "It aims to im ...

  • Travel Light At Mt Hamiguitan

    Travel Light At Mt Hamiguitan

    5 Things a first timer must anticipate during a major climb.

    1. Always travel light: A good mountaineer should travel as light as a feather as much as possible( if it's possible). During my experience , it's actually a disastrous experience (partly i guess) ,It is because all the clothes that I've brought is made of cotton which actually means that it will add an extra kilo on my baggage. Not to mention the mere fact that me and my friends brought more than 3 litters of water! (imagine how we nailed it!). Well this is actually the reason why I'm writing this one. Please do not follow our ...

  • Environment Department To Ban Mining Near Protected Sites

    Environment Department To Ban Mining Near Protected Sites

    Conservation and heritage sites in the Philippines may yet be saved once a proposed ban on mining in and around these areas is in place, a top environment official said Friday.

    Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez said she will devise a new policy that will prohibit mining operations in protected areas.

    This, after the suspension of the environmental compliance certificate of a nickel mine in the southern Philippine province of Davao Oriental.

    The mine, operated by Austral Asia Link Mining Corp. sits between Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctu ...