MBG welcomes the Red Jungle Fowl and Philippine Hawk Owl in the Biodiversity Diorama

Last 29 January 2019, two (2) birds found dead inside the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG). The MBG staff were patrolling the ECOTRAIL when they saw these two poor thing at different location. They decided to conserve the dead bodies and put it inside the Biodiversity Diorama.

The Labuyo or the Red Jungle fowl (Gallus gallus) is native to Southern Asia, particularly in Indian forests. Its habitat is in the forest. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Redlist, it is not globally threatened but listed under least concern species.

The Philippine Hawk owl or Ninox philippensis from the Strigidae Family are hawk owls that range from small to large, with rounded heads without ear-tufts. They have long, pointed wings and a long tail.

Mr. Marvin Jay R. Sarmiento, a wildlife biologist with the help of her wife Princess Sarmiento and Maricon Vargas, a student taking her MS in Wildlife Studies here in UPLB performed the taxidermy of the hawk owl and the jungle fowl. The two aves will join the animals featured in the Rainforest Biodiversity Diorama in the MBG lobby. The diorama shows the typical forest fauna and flora inside the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park (MMFR AHP).


Photos credit to: AALimpiada

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