Cebu Pacific’s adopted Philippine Eagle is training to be an ambassador

Bred in captivity, 19-year-old Mindanao is one of the Philippine Eagle Center's most photographed residents, a perfect example of the national bird's majestic presence

Mindanao Philippine Eagle

Cebu Pacific believes that everyJuan can and should be able to fly – not just humans, but also birds. And so, ahead of Philippine Eagle Week in June, the country’s leading carrier has agreed to adopt 19-year-old Mindanao for another year. The captive-bred predator, now officially retired from breeding, will pivot to his new role as conservation education ambassador as soon as he is malimprinted with his keeper and trained to fly on cue.

One of the male birds on display at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao, Mindanao is among the facility’s most photographed residents, a perfect example of the national bird’s majestic presence. The Philippine Eagle is a highly endangered species, with only 400 pairs remaining in the wild.

Cebu Pacific has been supporting Mindanao since 2015. The airline has committed to provide for Mindanao’s food, shelter maintenance, keeper care and veterinary care for another year.

“Cebu Pacific’s decision to continue the partnership with us despite such a tough time for the airline industry is a much-needed boost to our work amid the COVID-19 crisis,” says Dennis Salvador, executive director of the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

“Helping the Eagles Survive the Pandemic is Helping Ourselves” is the theme of this year’s Philippine Eagle Week. Organizers hope to highlight how the apex predator maintains the delicate balance in our ecosystem – and how its disappearance can create threats to our well-being, similar to pandemics such as COVID-19.

For more information on Philippine Eagle Week, go to Philippine Eagle Foundation‘s website. 

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