Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Panacan, Narra, Palawan and has a size of 1983 hectares.
Rasa Island and Wildlife Sanctuary News
Rasa island, a declared protected area in Narra holds the highest living population in he wild of Red-vented Philippine Cockatoo, locally known as Katala.
The Philippine Cockatoo (or Red-vented Cockatoo) is classified as Critically Endangered, which means that the risk for its becoming extinct in the wild is very high! Once fairly common throughout its range, it has suffered greatly in the past decades from habitat loss and the pet trade.
Once feared to be on the brink of extinction, the Philippine cockatoo, also known as katala, is slowly thriving, thanks to an environmentalist whose work with the iconic bird's remaining wild population in Palawan province won her the "Green Oscars" of the conservation community.
Indira Lacerna-Widmann, director of the Philippine Cockatoo Conservation Program, last week received the prestigious Whitley Awards in London, conferred by Princess Ann, along with six other environmentalists from different countries.
The award from the Whitley Fund for Nature recognizes "effective local conserv ...
An official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Wednesday lauded congressional moves to consolidate two bills that seek to expand the coverage of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas) Act to fast-track the bill's approval.
"With the consolidation of the two bills, we expect faster deliberation of the proposed measure," Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim of the DENR's Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) told the BusinessMirror in an interview.
A bill that seeks to widen the coverage of Expanded Nipas to include 92 protected areas (PA) under Nipa ...
After a brief sunset visit to see the Philippine Cockatoos roost for the night, now we would have the chance to see them wake up and fly to the mainland. Wake up call was bright and early-4:30am so we would reach the island by dawn. Ina opted to sleep a bit more so it was just Ivy and me this time. Benito was waiting right on time and we were able to get a bit closer to the roosting site. Although it is possible to land at certain times of the year, they prefer not to as it disturbs nesting and breeding Katala. We arrived around 5:30am, set anchor and waited for the cockatoos to wake up. There ...
How an endangered species is being saved by the same community that once hunted it.
Veronica Marcelo, 51, wakes up early in the morning to go to the coconut-fringed shoreline facing the Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary – the stronghold of the critically endangered Philippine cockatoo, locally known as the katala.
She has been doing this for nearly 17 years now, bringing with her a logbook and a pen to monitor the number of katala moving off the island to forage for food.
Marcelo serves as a volunteer for Sagip Katala Movement (SKM), a community-based organization formed under the Phil ...