Cleopatra's Needle is considered one of the mystical mountains of Palawan; the name came from the obelisk-like rock structure that is found in its peak. This is the mountain you will pass on the way to the Puerto Princesa Underground River - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous attractions in the province. The environment is extensively covered with forests and full of wildlife. ...
At the summit, if the skies are clear, one will be offered a view of Honda Bay and Sulu Sea as well as South China Sea and of course, a panorama of the city proper.
Cleopatras Needle Forest Reserve News
Twelve volunteers from the indigenous group Batak are now patrolling Mt. Cleopatra's Needle, a newly-declared critical habitat in Puerto Princesa City.
This as the Wildlife Enforcement Volunteers program of the Centre for Sustainability (CS) was launched on February 13 at Sitio Tagnaya, Barangay Concepcion, Puerto Princesa City.
Said event was attended by the different government partner agencies, such as the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff, City Environment Natural Resources Office, and Provincial ENRO – Community ENRO Puerto Princesa.
Prior to the launching cerem ...
The Centre for Sustainability (CS), a Puerto Princesa-based non-profit group, is calling for online votes to support the nomination of the Cleopatra's Needle Restoration Project for the 2017 international funding round of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).
The 'Cleopatra's Needle Restoration Project' is competing with three other conservation-oriented projects—located in Romania, Uganda and Mauritius—under the 'Alpine' category. EOCA will award funding support to the project with the highest number of online votes.
CS's restoration project plans to establish a 10km ...
Cleopatra's Needle is the city's tallest mountain with more than 40,000 hectares considered a critical habitat for different flora and fauna.
It is also one of the candidates for funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association.
The Centre for Sustainability, a non-government organization, has applied for a P1.3-million rehabilitation project for Cleopatra's Needle.
The project includes the restoration of trails, habitat and education.
"This will enhance visitors' experience and also strengthen the livelihood opportunities for the community and, most importantly, this wil ...
In November last year, the Philippines declared its largest critical habitat yet.
Located in the long, narrow Philippine island of Palawan, the new Cleopatra's Needle Critical Habitat (CNCH) is spread across 41,350 hectares (more than 100,000 acres). The second largest critical habitat, Carmen Critical Habitat for Marine Turtles, spans nearly 6,000 hectares.
Critical habitats — portions of land outside protected areas that have known habitats of threatened or endemic species — are usually small, focusing on one or a few species. For example, the critical habitat declared for the ende ...
Deep in the few remaining mature forests of the Philippines dwells an animal that defies easy explanation. It's a fuzzy creature, with the squat body of a wolverine and the smirk of a raccoon. A prehensile tail with a bald patch helps the mammal lift its 50-pound body high into the tree canopy, and long, white whiskers give the furball the countenance of a woods wizard. Perhaps most intriguing of all, its anal gland secretions are said to smell like buttered popcorn. Mmmm.
What is this aromatic chimera? Why, it's a binturong. A binturong? Yes, also called a bearcat. A bearcat? Let me explai ...
Flashback to January 2014: For someone born and raised in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, it was my first time to hear of a mountain called Cleopatra's Needle. As a typical Palaweño, I only knew of the famous sites such as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (Underground River), and the Tubbataha Reefs National Park and World Heritage Site. Turns out, Cleopatra's Needle's jump off point is just over an hour away from where I grew up in the city. It has always been that mountain you'll see on a clear day on any bay at Puerto Princesa!
The same month I started with the Cleopatra's ...